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Lowell man who dragged puppy faces detox or jail

Car Manherz, accused of dragging puppy back in court due to violating court orders.
Car Manherz, accused of dragging puppy back in court due to violating court orders.
Lowell Sun

Carl Manherz, 46, of Lowell, Mass. is back in court after violating the court's conditions while he awaits trial on animal cruelty charges, according to the Lowell Sun. Manherz was released without bail and ordered to remain sober while he waits for trial regarding dragging his dog.

Manherz was accused of dragging his 8-10 week old female German Shepherd puppy by the leash as she lay unconscious during the Lowell Folk Festival on July 27, 2013. Manherz was arrested, entered a plea of not guilty and had to surrender all pets. He was drunk at the time of the incident and was ordered by the court to stay sober until he faces trial.

Manherz was arrested on the night of April 30, 2014 when he allegedly told police he drank a 12-pack of beer. Now he must enter a detox program or go to jail.

Witnesses at the Lowell Folk Festival told police Manherz was dragging his dog on her side while he was outside a bar. The puppy named Kinoka appeared unconscious and was wearing two collars that were too tight. The collars were removed.

Manherz smelled of alcohol, was slurring his speech and wobbly on his feet. Police immediately noticed the puppy in distress and alerted an ambulance. The puppy was breathing sporadically and had shallow breaths. The police were unable to wake the puppy up.

Manherz was drinking a beer when police stopped him, continued drinking when the ambulance arrived and told people to leave the dog alone because “that's how he sleeps.” Allegedly Manherz gave the puppy beer to drink during the day.

Kinoka was taken an animal hospital where she was treated. Eventually the puppy went home with a new family. Manherz went to the humane society the next day looking for his dog and could not comprehend why she was taken from him.

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