Defendant pleads to throwing ex-girlfriend's dog into river

John Richmeier
The Leavenworth Times
Davion Simpson

A Leavenworth man has pleaded guilty to throwing his ex-girlfriend's dog into the Missouri River while the animal was trapped in a kennel, a prosecution official said.

Davion A. Simpson, 24, entered the guilty plea to a felony charge of cruelty to animals Wednesday in Leavenworth County District Court.

Simpson was charged after he reportedly threw a kennel containing a miniature poodle into the river July 31 at Riverfront Park. The dog was rescued by bystanders who waded into the water, according to County Attorney Todd Thompson.

Sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 17.

According to court documents, the prosecution and defense will make a joint recommendation for probation as part of a plea agreement. But there also will be a recommendation that Simpson serve 40 days in the Leavenworth County Jail. The parties will recommend that the jail time be served over the course of 20 consecutive weekends.

There also will be a recommendation that Simpson write a letter of apology to the owner of the dog as a condition of probation.

Simpson remains free on bond as he awaits sentencing.

"A special thanks goes to the people who went into the river to rescue this dog," Thompson said in a news release. "Pets remind us of the commitment and duty we have to care and nurture all life."