10 years for man who dragged dog behind truck

10 years for man who dragged dog behind truck

Posted: Updated:

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) - A South Carolina man has been sentenced to more than 10 years in prison after admitting he dragged a dog for at least 2 miles behind his pickup truck.

Circuit Judge Letitia Verdin told Roger Owens of Greenville that what he did was one of the cruelest things she had ever seen before sentencing him Tuesday. Rogers was given the maximum of five years on the ill treatment of animals charge and additional time for traffic violations.

Prosecutors say Owens tied the dog's front legs to the pickup's tailgate in December and sped off, forcing the dog to run on its hind legs on the pavement. The dog suffered serious injuries, but survived and was adopted.

Owens' lawyer told the judge her client cares for animals, but was drinking and wasn't thinking straight.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Powered by WorldNow

1306 N. Broadway NE Knoxville,
Tennessee 37917

Telephone: 865.637.NEWS(6397)
Fax: 865.525.4091
Email: newsroom@wate.com

Can’t find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Young Broadcasting of Knoxville, Inc. A Media General Company.