Drunk man, 19, arrested after PUNCHING puppy in the face

By Helen Lawson

PUBLISHED: 04:33 EST, 3 November 2012 | UPDATED: 04:52 EST, 3 November 2012

A 19-year-old man has been arrested for punching his family's puppy in the face and throwing her against a tree while drunk.

The attack left the five-month-old German Shepherd, called Bernice, limping and with a swollen and bloodshot right eye.

Jesse Pegram, of Ethel, Washington, Seattle, was arrested on suspicion of first-degree animal cruelty after the assault in the early hours of Friday morning.

Bernice German Shepherd puppy punched by Jesse Pegram

This picture shows Bernice the German Shepherd puppy with the swollen and bloodshot eye after the horrific attack by drunken Jesse Pegram

Bernice German Shepherd puppy punched by Jesse Pegram

Family members called police in the early hours of Friday morning as Jesse Pegram, 19, punched five-month-old puppy Bernice and threw her against a tree

Pegram's relatives called the sheriff's office at 1am to say he was out of control and attacking Bernice.

They told officers that Pegram had also thrown her against a tree.

The puppy is expected to make a full recovery after she was taken to the Cascade West Veterinary Hospital in Centralia.

Vet Dr Chris Affeldt said Bernice may be transferred to an animal shelter from the hospital this weekend.

By Staff 11/02/2012 22:52:00