In Leesburg, Florida, the owner of a German shepherd was arrested on Monday after he attached a 13-lb weighted vest and forced his dog to repeatedly jump into the water.
According to Wftv9News, eyewitnesses stated the dog’s owner, Dennys Jose Luque, had ordered his dog to jump off a boat ramp, chasing a ball while wearing the 13-lb vest as “some type of exercise.” The dog jumped in twice, but the third time he no longer returned to shore. Luque jumped in, along with several other people, but could not find the dog. After five minutes, Luque left the scene.
In an interview with authorities, Luque, who is homeless, has been charged with a misdemeanor count of animal cruelty for putting the belt on the dog and a felony count of animal cruelty for sending the dog into the water with the belt on.
The dog’s body was found later that night wearing the weighted vest.
Rest in peace sweet dog.
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