Dogs Dragged in Escambia, Monroe Counties

FLOMATON, Ala. (AP) - Animal cruelty cases are under investigation in Escambia and Monroe counties. Each involved dogs that were deliberately dragged behind a vehicle.

The canine in Escambia County was euthanized while the other is under the care of a veterinarian in Monroeville.

Authorities have been looking for several men who were seen dragging the pit bull behind a pickup truck on Alabama 113 near
Flomaton. It happened Tuesday around 6 p.m.

In Monroe County, a man was arrested for dragging a puppy behind an all-terrain vehicle. The puppy's cruel ordeal ended when it was dumped into a creek. A vet said the dog suffered severe abrasions and lost its pads. The healing process could take about two months.

20-year-old Maurice Cunningham of Peterson was charged with animal cruelty and receiving stolen property. His bond was set at 100,000.

Under Alabama law, an animal cruelty charge carries a sentence of one to 10 years in prison if convicted.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Jennifer Location: Alabama on Sep 4, 2008 at 01:33 PM
    Studies have showed that people who are abusive enough to torcher animals in this fashion,usually turn to torcher and murder on humans.They need to be stopped now!DO NOT LET IT GO ANY FURTHER!These type of people can not be trusted.
  • by Pet Lover Location: Georgia on Sep 4, 2008 at 12:06 PM
    This is absolutely appaling to hear!!!! I have two Boston Terriers and two bulldogs that are a part of our family and I do not think I could ever come up with at reason to drag them behind a moving vehicle. It is people like this that make me sick!!! Truth be knows, it was for fighting purposes or for punishment that they would not fight. Either way, it was not deserving. I am as humane a person as they come, but this is an eye for an eye situation to me. Try dragging them behind a car and see how they like it. Only one way to describe it---SICK! SICK! SICK!
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