ALDOT apologizes after dead dog dragged behind truck on interstate

Photo taken by April Bennett
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AL.com) — The Alabama Department of Transportation says "appropriate action will be taken" after photos were posted to Facebook Monday showing an ALDOT truck dragging a dog on Interstate 20.

April Bennett was driving with her 5-year-old son on I-20 East coming from Birmingham when she spotted the lifeless body of a dog, which appeared she said to be a German Shepard, being dragged behind the truck.

"They were in the fast lane and I was in the middle lane and they just flew over in front of me," Bennett said this afternoon.

After her son noticed the dog was being dragged, Bennett began taking her pics with her phone. "When (the driver) saw me, he pulled off onto First Avenue North."

Bennett said she told a friend of the incident and police were notified.

ALDOT spokeswoman Linda Crockett said one of the department's crews "did run upon" a dead dog on the interstate.

"The disposal of that dog is being investigated and the appropriate action will be taken once the investigation is complete. We regret the animal was disposed of in this manner and are taking steps to prevent further occurrences of this nature," Crockett said.

"This is unacceptable and we can assure you that appropriate action will be taken. We very much apologize," Crockett said.

"I understand they pick up animals off the side of the road but this has really upset my little boy," Bennett said. "He's just trying not to think about it."

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