MONTCLAIR -- A Lyft driver allegedly caught on camera tossing a dog out of a car during a road rage quarrel is now facing animal cruelty charges, authorities said Tuesday.
The New Jersey SPCA Humane Police filed criminal and civil animal
cruelty charges against Marc Dione, 22, of Montclair, who authorities
say was caught on video over the weekend throwing a dog
onto the sidewalk.
The NJSPCA said it began investigating the incident after video surfaced showing Dione and another man fighting outside their cars on Bloomfield Avenue in Montclair.
During the fight, authorities say Dione reached into the backseat of
the other man's car, picked up his 12-year-old miniature pinscher,
Daphne, and threw the dog onto the sidewalk. The dog can then be seen
running into the street.
"We are shocked and horrified by what we saw in this video," a Lyft
spokeswoman said. "While this did not happen on the Lyft platform, we
permanently deactivated the individual after learning of his truly cruel
behavior; he will never again be able to use Lyft. We are relieved to
hear that Daphne is recovering well."