Man who dragged terrified dog behind his pick up truck for two miles is jailed for 10 years after animal charity helps track him down
A cruel South Carolina man has been jailed for ten years after dragging a dog for two miles behind his pick up truck at the end of last year.
Roger Owens was found guilty of ill treatment of animals and traffic violations after he tied the dog’s front legs to his truck, and forced the scared animal to try to run on her hind legs as he sped off. Thanks to the dedication of an animal charity, the dog was rescued and nursed back to health, and the man responsible for her injuries was brought to justice. Circuit Judge Letitia Verdin told Roger Owens his actions were one of the cruelest things she had ever seen as she sentenced him on Tuesday.
He was spotted driving erratically along a road while the terrified dog, which has since been named Andra Grace, tried to keep up. The witnesses followed him and stayed with the dog one-year-old after he released the chain holding her and drove off. Owens’ lawyer told the judge that her client did care for animals, but was drinking and had not been thinking straight
An animal control officer had originally believed the dog, who had recently had a litter of puppies, would need to be euthanized, but the team at Special Needs Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation (SNARR) stepped in. Through donations they were able to pay for her leg surgeries and skin grafts, as well as to offer rewards to try to catch the person responsible.
The charity also tracked down and rehomed Andra Grace’s five-week-old puppies and a terrier that had neck injuries and was living at the same property. The dogs had originally been loved family pets, but when their owners moved they were unable to bring the dogs with them. Fortunately, Andra Grace has made a good recovery and, despite her ordeal, was soon found to be a sweet and good-natured dog. After getting over the worst of her injuries, the dog was adopted by a family in Florida, where she is happily settling into her new home.
The shocking number of cruelty cases reported daily in the media is only the tip of the iceberg. Most cases are never reported, and most animal suffering goes unrecognized and unabated. Lucky for future animals who might have run across Roger Owens that at least he’s been taken off the streets.