A dog was dragged for more than a mile on Thursday after he apparently fell out of the back of a pickup truck completely unknown by the driver of the vehicle. Despite Good Samaritan, Jim Horak blowing his horn and yelling as he drove down County Road 95 in Elberta, Alabama, the man driving the truck didn’t stop.
According to Fox11News, Jim spotted the dog running behind the truck and frantically tried to get the driver’s attention. Eventually the driver of the vehicle realized something was wrong, and it was at that time Horak began to video the upsetting experience. When the man stopped, he told Horak he had no idea his dog had jumped or fallen out of the truck and was being dragged for at least a mile behind the vehicle. The trail of blood along County Road 95 was heartbreaking.
“I felt the pain of the dog as I was seeing it, you know what I mean,” Jim Horak stated. “This dog is not going to be able to keep up for very long and at that moment I saw it not being able to keep up. It hit the ground and its arms were being skinned to the bone.”
After the owner of the dog stopped, he picked up his dog and said he was going to take him to a veterinary hospital. Horak turned the video over to the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office. There were at least two other dogs in the open bed of the truck. In Alabama it is not illegal to have animals in the bed of trucks. It is not known if this will be considered animal cruelty.
The owner of the dog contacted News 5 and said, “the dog was taken immediately to the vet and was like a child to the family.” It is not known if the dog survived.
Come on everyone! Use a kennel and safely secure your pets if you’re going to put them in the back of your pickup trucks. Aren’t their lives worth it? Jim is hoping to do his part to help change the laws so this terrible situation doesn’t happen again.
(Photo of dog dragged via screenshot from video by Jim Horak)
The video can be viewed on Jim Horak’s Facebook page. WARNING: Videos are very disturbing and graphic. They may not be suitable for all viewers.
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