A Cottonwood, Arizona man was arrested on Saturday after authorities stated he dragged his tiny Chihuahua tethered to the rear of his truck for a half mile before someone flagged him down to stop his vehicle. According to the Cottonwood Arizona Police Department, spokesperson, Sgt. Monica Kuhlt said Destry Lynn McClure, 52, had dragged his four-year-old dog named Leia in the area near Main Street.
The Chihuahua was immediately rushed to a local veterinarian where it appears most of her injuries were the result of road rash. Whether the dog suffered any internal injuries or broken bones at this time is still unknown; she will remain at the veterinarian hospital for the next few days under close observation.
“I’m amazed little Leia survived being dragged on pavement for approximately ½ a mile let alone appears to only have suffered road rash injuries,” stated Cottonwood Spokesperson, Sergeant Monica Kuhlt. “I also want to thank the witnesses who saw this and acted so quickly.”
When questioned, McClure told authorities he forgot Leia was tied to the back of the truck. Officers on scene suspected McClure may have been under the influence of alcohol and possibly prescription medication. McClure was booked into the Yavapai County Detention Center on charges of animal cruelty (felony) and driving under the influence (misdemeanor). Additional charges are possible – pending McClure’s blood results.
Get well soon Leia.
(Photos of McClure and Leia courtesy of Cottonwood Arizona Police Department Facebook page)
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