Monroeville man arrested in another dog-dragging incident
Saturday, September 06, 2008 By David Ferrara
Sheriff's deputies said that a Monroeville man recently dragged a dog behind an all-terrain vehicle for a mile and then dumped it in a creek.
The man is free on bond
, while the 8-month-old dog is under the care of a Monroe County veterinarian.
On Aug. 25 witnesses saw a dog being dragged along a paved road behind an ATV in the Peterman area, a few miles north of Monroeville, according to Terry Mason, chief investigator for the Monroe County Sheriff's Office.
Monroe County District Attorney Tommy Chapman said that Cunningham, 20, was charged with first-degree animal cruelty, criminal mischief and second-degree receiving stolen property. Bail was set at $75,000 on the felony cruelty charge, $1,000 on the mischief charge, and $25,000 on the receiving stolen property charge.
"The people of this county will not tolerate such behavior ? mindless violence toward a defenseless animal ? by anyone," Chapman said. "Anyone who would treat an animal that way is capable of violence toward people."
This case marked the second recent report in southwest Alabama of a dog having been dragged behind a vehicle.
In Escambia County, the Sheriff's Office this week sought a group of men who dragged a pit bull terrier along Alabama 113 on Tuesday. That dog had to be euthanized.
The Humane Society of the United States is offering a reward up to $2,500 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of those responsible in the Escambia case.
The dog dragged in Monroe County suffered injuries to his paws and sides, said Dyess, who was visiting the dog Friday at the clinic of veterinarian John Grider.
"My hope is that because of this situation, the one that happened with the pit bulls in Escambia County, it will bring to people's attention that there are laws against this and people will be charged and prosecuted," Dyess said.
Dyess said witnesses reported seeing the dog "flip-flopping" in the road as the ATV pulled him along. It was unclear whether Cunningham might have owned the dog or whether the dog was a stray.
She said the dog was mild mannered and "did not seem to be aggressive at all, even with the pain he's been in."
Folks who have been taking care of the dog have yet to give him a name, Dyess said.
"We don't think Lucky's the right name because he wasn't lucky with what happened to him," Dyess said. "We hope that he's going to get lucky in getting a good home.
(Staff Reporter Connie Baggett contributed to this story.)