LEAVENWORTH, Kan. — A 24-year-old Leavenworth man plead guilty Wednesday on charges to cruelty to animals.

On July 31, 2021, witnesses saw Davion Simpson arrive at the Riverfront Park in Leavenworth and drag a dog kennel out of the back of the car and throw the dog kennel into the Missouri River.

Inside the kennel was a tan mini poodle belonging to an ex-girlfriend of Simpson.

Thanks to two bystanders, the dog was rescued from the water before drowning.

It was learned that Simpson and his ex-girlfriend’s relationship had just ended. He had sent a text to a friend of his ex-girlfriend telling her that the dog was gone.

Sentencing for Simpson is set for Dec. 17 at 11 a.m.