A Moline, Ill., man, who dragged his chocolate Labrador retriever puppy behind a motorized scooter, is calling the incident a terrible mistake, reported Friday's WQAD 8 News.
The traumatic incident, which took place on Dec. 1, was captured on surveillance cameras at a 7-11 store. In the video, the young puppy is splayed out on the ground, helplessly dragged behind a motorized scooter which is being driven by 47-year-old Sam May.
The five-month-old puppy, named "Georgia Girl," survived the dragging, but suffered "road rash" injuries. She was taken to the Rock Island County Animal Shelter where she is said to be "doing well."
May denies being an animal abuser and has called the dragging a mistake - he blames it on his own "stupidity."
A tearful May told a reporter with WQAD News that he had taken the puppy for exercise runs behind the scooter several times before, and in the past, she always stayed on her feet.
Last Sunday, he claims that he had no idea that she had stopped running and was being dragged helplessly behind the scooter.
May was caught after an observant 7-11 clerk noticed a blood trail in the parking lot. Police were able to find witnesses and view the surveillance images before arresting May and charging him with misdemeanor animal cruelty.
Until the case is settled, the puppy remains at the shelter; May hopes that he will be allowed to bring her back home.
Click here to watch the video footage.
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