On Wednesday, the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office announced charges against Dossey James, 28, after he was seen dragging a small puppy down the street, leaving a trail of blood along the pavement.
The cruelty was captured on cell phone video, which was turned over to police.
In a press release, the LAPD stated:
In this case, James repeatedly dragged a puppy on a leash up and down the street and sidewalk because it refused to walk. The video images clearly revealed the puppy being dragged a considerable distance. Witnesses reported that despite the puppy being injured and leaving a blood trail on the sidewalk, James continued to inflict trauma on the puppy.
As a result of the dragging, the pitbull puppy suffered numerous lacerations to his legs and abdomen, and required surgery to repair the injuries. He is expected to make a full recovery.
James has been charged with two counts of felony animal cruelty, and is being held at the Los Angeles Men's Central Jail on $145,000 bond.
During the course of the investigation, it was discovered that the suspect has committed a similar act of animal cruelty in the past, according to police.