CHICAGO (CBS) – A man has been charged with hurling a puppy into traffic last week in Elmhurst.
Sergiu E. Muresan, 26, of the 2400 block of West Grenshaw Street was charged with cruel treatment of an animal, according to a release from Elmhurst police.
Muresan surrendered himself at the Elmhurst Police Department Tuesday, and was later released on bond pending a Jan. 24, 2011, appearance at 9 a.m. in DuPage County Court, according to the release.
The charge of is punishable up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $2,500.
On Dec. 11, a motorist witnessed the driver of another vehicle throw a dog out as the car sat in traffic, at North Avenue and Route 83 in Elmhurst. The driver who threw the dog then sped off on North Avenue.
The witness said he tried to flag the driver down, but the driver allegedly waved him off.
The dog, estimated to be about 8 months old, ran into the parking lot of a nearby fitness center. Staff there cared for the dog until he was taken to an animal hospital.
The male dog is a mixed breed, about 45 pounds, and is white with black markings. He is similar in stature to an Australian cattle dog, and very well-tempered.
As of Wednesday, the dog remains in good health and will be transferred to the West Suburban Humane Society in Downers Grove, according to the release.
Any questions about adoption can be directed to the Humane Society at (630) 960-9600. Donation offers have been received and are being referred to local animal rescue shelters or charities, according to the release.