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Two dogs safe after rescues, one man arrested

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Merterrious Johnson (Photo source SPD)

A man has been arrested for felony aggravated animal cruelty in Southaven, Mississippi.

Tuesday around 11 a.m., several witnesses reported seeing Merterrious Johnson throw a dog off the Interstate 55 overpass on Goodman Road, WREG reports.

With the witnesses’ help, police were able to arrest Johnson.

The dog was rescued on the interstate and is recovering at the Southaven animal shelter.

(Photo source: Stantec)

In an unrelated incident near Natchez, a bridge inspector discovered a stranded hound Sunday on the U.S. Highway 84 bridge over the Mississippi River.

The dog was underneath the bridge deck, 120 feet above the river, WLBT reports. No one seems to know how the hound got there.

Ryan Nataluk, a lead climber and rescue technician for Stantec, climbed down to rescue the frightened dog and fashioned a harness so the dog could be safely pulled up.

A Natchez police officer took the dog to be evaluated.

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