Man pleads guilty to dragging dog behind his truck
In Greenville, South Carolina a man pleads guilty to dragging a dog behind his truck for miles -- in exchange for drugs and alcohol. Now he'll spend more than a decade behind bars. Jenna Troum with the story.
"there she goes." This was Andra Grace back in December, covered in bandages after multiple surgeries. judge: what are you here today to do? owens: plead guilty to my charges and get it behind me.
This is Roger Owens, who admits he accepted alcohol and drugs, in exchange for getting rid of the dog... dragging her behind his truck for miles... on this Marietta road.
Judge Letitia Verdin, "this is one of the cruelest things that i've seen since i've been on the bench." Sentenced him to the maximum five years behind bars for felony ill treatment of an animal... plus five years for habitual traffic offender and six months for d-u-i related driving under suspension... that's 10-and-a half years total.
Cynthia Saracino... who works with the rescue group that cared for the dog... says while the state should have a larger maximum sentence for animal abusers... she hopes Owens' penalty gets attention, "I hope it sends a message to future animal abusers. I also hope it sends a message to our judicial system that it shouldn't be tolerated."
This is what Andra Grace looks like now. We caught up with the florida woman who adopted her... about her reaction to the sentence, "she was in her bed and I knelt down. and i was already bawling. and i just climbed into her bed with her and scooped her up and squeezed her."
and while she'll always have scars... and fur that never grows back...the people across the country who rallied around her... can sleep a little easier knowing she has a happy life now.
Roger owens told the judge he's been recently diagnosed with schizophrenia and is now on medication. The dog gave birth to a litter of puppies just weeks before the crime. The rescue group overseeing their care says her four surviving puppies found new homes in new york. Roger owens told the judge he's been recently diagnosed with schizophrenia and is now on medication. The dog gave birth to a litter of puppies just weeks before the crime. The rescue group overseeing their care says her four surviving puppies found new homes in New York.