John W. Ewing, 320 S. Beacon Street in Muncie, Ind., has been found guilty of a Class A misdemeanor animal cruelty charge after forcing his emaciated dog to pull a sled with more than 20 pounds of weight attached to a harness reported the StarPress.com on Sunday.
Ewing is set to be sentenced on October 29. A previous felon, Ewing's past record includes operating an illegal pit bull kennel and animal neglect.
In May, the Muncie Police Department were notified about a man at the Career Center located at 2500 N. Elgin Street walking a small dog which was pulling a sled around a running track. When authorities arrived, the dog, barely 20 pounds and undernourished, was attached to a sled by a heavy harness and six feet of heavy chain weighing at least as much as the dog; as he was being forced to pull the sled. The dog was panting heavily and obviously exhausted.
Ewing told authorities he "was just out walking his dog."
The dog was seized by Animal Control.
"Let's hope a judge does the right thing here and puts this guy back into jail where he belongs. After someone keeps repeating the pattern of animal abuse and other crimes over and over again, it's hard to believe they're still allowed to walk the streets," stated Barb McMahon of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
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