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Spraggs man surrenders golden retriever dogs he dragged behind vehicle

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William Wilkinson, the Spraggs, Pennsylvania man accused on July 27 of dragging his two golden retrievers behind his vehicle in Wayne Township accepted a plea agreement before appearing in court for a preliminary appearance on Thursday reported the observer-reporter.com.

On two separate charges, William Wilkinson accepted an agreement between his attorney, Kevin Freyder, and Assistant District Attorney Linda Chambers. On the charges of animal cruelty for dragging his two golden retrievers by ropes around their necks to the trailer hitch of his Mitsubishi vehicle, Wilkinson, 59, agreed to relinquish ownership of the two dogs and will not be permitted to own or possess a dog for the next two years.

A 911 call to the Southwest Regional Police Department sent Officer John Lingo to find two injured golden retrievers lying on the concrete at a nearby water pumping station. Both of the dogs were severely matted and bleeding from facial and head injuries. Wilkinson told the officer his dogs had escaped from the yard, and he was attempting to bring them home stating he was only going about 2 mph while they were tied up. He told the officer he had to stop one time to give one of the dogs mouth to mouth resuscitation.

The dogs were treated for cuts, abrasions and severe matting. They have been cared for by Animal Friends of Pittsburgh who have waived the costs of treating and caring for the dogs.

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On a separate charge, Wilkinson will be allowed to possess a permit to carry a concealed weapon with his attorney stating Wilkinson is a disabled veteran, and that is the only way he can defend himself.

Wilkinson has no past record, and was eligible for the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition first time offender program where he will now be on one year probation and be required to pay all fines and court costs.

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