The man who dragged a Golden retriever alongside of his car was sentenced to 14 days in jail; nearly one year less than prosecutors requested, reports the Palm Beach Post. Ross Garret Cheney, 29, will serve his sentence on weekends rather than spend 14 consecutive days in jail.
The disturbing animal cruelty situation occurred on August 8, 2016, when the dog who belonged to Cheney’s parents, ran out of the family home. Family members and friends went searching for the dog, and when Cheney found him, he leashed the dog around the neck and had the dog run alongside of the car while en route back home. According to Bill Bishop, chief assistant state attorney in Okaloosa County, the dog was not able to keep up, although Cheney never stopped while the dog was being dragged until a motorist finally flagged him down.
An officer who arrived at the scene rushed the dog to the nearby veterinarian hospital where he was treated for numerous injuries. The dog was returned to his owners.
Cheney was charged with aggravated animal cruelty as prosecutors recommended he be given the sentenced of 11 months and 29 days – with four years of probation. Instead, Circuit Judge John Brown sentenced Cheney to two weeks in jail, two years of probation and 100 days of community service. In addition, Cheney will not have a felony conviction on his record if he follows the sentencing guidelines.
Cheney has a previous record of being a “habitual offender” as his past arrests have included multiple charges of driving with a revoked license.
(Photo of Cheney who dragged Golden retriever via Okaloosa County Jail)
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