The Hunger Games actress Jena Malone has described how she was involved in chasing down a man in Los Angeles who was seen violently abusing a small dog.
The actress, who also stars in Sucker Punch and Pride and Prejudice, said it was “really scary” to witness the “despicable behavior” in Hollywood.
It comes after US outlet NBC reported that a group of people were caught on camera beating a man after he manhandled the animal on Wednesday.
That was really scary. I saw a man repeatedly kick a small dog at sunset, grab him in the air and literally choke the dog. I yelled at him to pull over from my car but he wouldn’t. I got out of my car to try to get the dog but he started running. (thread) https://t.co/3ftY18M3Ap
— Jena Malone (@MaloneJena) April 6, 2022
Responding to the report on Twitter, Malone said: “That was really scary. I saw a man repeatedly kick a small dog…pulling him up in the air and absolutely choking the dog.
“I yelled at him from my car to stop but he wouldn’t. I got out of my car to try and get the dog, but he started running… so I started chasing him.
“I saw other people in the street looking on angrily as they must have seen the same despicable behavior I had seen, so I tried to signal a man in an orange vest to run with me and chase him. “
The actress said she returned to her car after seeing the man being pursued by a group of men, but said she did not see the “brawl” that followed.
“A large group had gathered six blocks from the start of the chase and it appeared the man no longer had the dog. So I stopped to make sure the dog was taken care of,” she said.
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“I didn’t see the fight, but I’m told the man didn’t give up the dog without a fight.”
NBC reported that Los Angeles police had not filed charges against the group that attacked the man, but that he was arrested on suspicion of animal cruelty.
The dog, named Champion, was taken over by animal control and subsequently returned to its owners.
He has been missing for five days and suffered multiple injuries during the incident, including broken ribs, according to a GoFundMe page set up to help pay his medical bills, which Malone shared.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/movies/hunger-games-star-jena-malone-describes-witnessing-abhorrent-attack-on-dog-41528753.html Hunger Games star Jena Malone describes witnessing a “disgusting” attack on a dog