A dog dragged behind a vehicle for miles in Cross, South Carolina was surrendered one week ago after police showed up at the home with a warrant. Authorities arrived after a complaint had been reported about the dog, named Gabe’s serious injuries. On Friday, the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office charged Chad Brinson and arrested him for felony ill treatment to animals.
“The story he told [the owner] was that dragging the dog had been an accident as the dog had been tied to his car and he forgot when he had to pick up his kids at school on Friday. He said when he realized he was dragging his dog, he stopped and wrapped him in a towel. He said he took the dog home and thought he would be fine! At some point he did take him to the vet, but couldn’t afford care and returned home,” Jackie O’Sullivan, the co-founder of the rescue organization posted on social media.
Gabe has undergone several surgeries to repair the damage done to his paw pads and legs. Gabe’s second surgery, which lasted two hours cleaned and debrided his wounds needing a total of nearly 500 stitches.
On Friday, Jackie updated Gabe’s condition:
“Happy Friday from Gabe who is getting better & stronger day after day. Here he is earlier today during his bandage changes. You can see how much better his paws look already. During his 2nd surgery he had some special mesh put in his paws to help with the healing process. It has been a huge help! It’s amazing how resilient he is & how sweet & trusting he is with everyone he knows is trying to help him.”
Brinson was booked into the Hill-Franklea Detention Center.
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