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.
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