Two Stokes County, N.C. men were arrested and charged with felony animal cruelty on Tuesday for the horrific cruelty and abuse to a young German shepherd dog as the men chained the dog to a truck and dragged him until he was dead.
According to MyFox8.com, Jonathan Mason Evans, 18, picked the dog up over his head and slammed it to the ground. Next he tied the dog to a pickup truck by a chain, while Jose Lopez, 35, drove the truck as the dog desperately tried to run to keep up. One witness, Brittany Southern stated:
“[Evans] picked the dog up over his head and slammed it down on the ground twice. I’ve never seen anything like this happen around here.”
Allegedly the dog bit Evans which then provoked the egregious actions of the pair and also of an unidentified teenager who has not yet been charged.
On Facebook, Linda Corns Joyce posted a photograph of the white shepherd stating:
"I saw this dog (pup) run happily along side of one of the guys who tied him and dragged him behind the back of a truck,I will not show all pictures gets worse. Each day he trustingly ran along beside one of the guys who did this past my place..I am still madder than hell. Excuse the French.If you notice his nose is gone they said inside his mouth was like meat loaf. The ones who witnessed it and got in the car and followed them are the heros. (sp) I give total credit to Star and her kids. Especially the one who alone had the guts to follow and see where they had put the dog although this could have been real dangerous for him."
The photograph and heartbreaking discussion about the dog on social media enraged animal lovers and humane supporters. Authorities were notified and an investigation lead to the arrest of the men as well as Misti Reneice Saunders, 33, who was charged with misdemeanor child abuse.
Late Tuesday evening, Adam Southern, Breanne Southern, and Robby Davidson were the heroes for this defenseless dog who the community hopes will not have died in vain. Along with the Stokes County Sheriff's Office, and Sheriff Mike Marshall and Animal Control, the community is making a loud and clear statement that animal abuse will not be tolerated.
If found guilty, the men face up to eight months in jail.
Rest in peace beautiful young dog.
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