Tequesta man faces felony charges for reportedly slamming dog to the ground

A Tequesta man is facing felony charges this morning after witnesses told police they saw the man pick up his dog and slam it to the ground.

William Ramsey Hayes, 42, was arrested by Tequesta Police about 9:30 p.m. Friday. He was transported to the Palm Beach County Jail, where he is being held in lieu of $3,000 bond. Hayes faces one count of animal cruelty.

In a statement released this morning, Lt. Jason Turner, spokesman for Tequesta Police, said several witnesses reported that they saw a white male pick up his young Labrador Retriever above his head, near Seabrook Road and Ridgewood Circle. Witnesses told police the man then slammed the animal to the ground repeatedly, until he was confronted by one of the witnesses.

The man then fled the area with the dog.

One witness was on the phone with 911 while another followed the suspect to his residence. Police later arrived and arrested Hayes.

The statement said an officer assessed the dog and noticed it had trouble sitting. The dog then fell over and unsuccessfully tried to get back up. The owner helped the animal to its feet.

The dog was taken by Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control and is expected to undergo further evaluation.

No further information was immediately available.

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