An Illinois man is charged with animal cruelty after surveillance video allegedly shows him dragging his four-month-old puppy behind his scooter.
This is surveillance video of what happened in a 7-11 parking lot on Sunday. A man on a motor scooter dragging behind his four month old puppy on a leash.
You can see the dog is being choked, and he's literally dragging the dog. The dog can't keep up any more. And there's a trail of blood in the parking lot.
Police say a clerk at the store reported a blood trail in the parking lot, after a man came into the store asking for some water for his dog. They saw bloody footprints and everything, called the police officers. When officers arrived, they reviewed the tape.
The video and blood trail helped lead police to the dog's owner, 47 year old Samuel May, who has now been charged with animal cruelty.
The puppy's name is Georgia and she is now in the care of the county animal shelter.
Five days after the incident, she bears some scars, and is still a bit skittish, but is healing really well.
She had some road rash and was absolutely scared. But I think she's calming down now. She's making friends with us. She's at least comfortable now.
For now, Georgia's in good hands, but it will be up to the courts to decide if the puppy returns to her owner.
Sam May, the dog's owner, says what happened was an accident.
He says the scooter only goes about ten miles-per-hour, and that he'd taken the energetic puppy running with the scooter several times.
May says when he realized what happened, he rushed home to treat the dog's wounds.
Police have placed a hold on custody of the dog until the case is resolved in court.
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