Christopher A. Byrd was charged with animal cruelty on Wednesday after allegedly forgetting he had tethered his dog to the back of his SUV outside of a Palm Bay hotel and driving away after getting his family ready to leave reported wltx.com.
According to the Palm Bay Police report, Byrd had been helping his wife and five children pack up the car and had left their pet pit bull named Pipsqueak tethered to the rear of the trailer hitch. As he pulled onto the highway and accelerated to approximately 35 mph, the dog tried desperately to keep up, but wound up being dragged.
A passerby flagged Byrd down.
As Byrd pulled into the McDonald's parking lot, authorities arrived. Pipsqueak's paws and sides were bleeding, and although it was reported his tail was wagging, his injuries appeared severe.
In a statement to wltx.com, a spokesperson for the Palm Bay Police Department reported:
"However it happened, whether it was intentional or not, it's just distressing that it happened."
The dog was seized by Animal Control and is expected to survive.
The SpaceCoastDaily.com reports Byrd was also charged with driving on a suspended license and failure to pay child support.
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