The Bowling Green police in Kentucky are investigating the death of a pit bull who died on Sunday as a result of injuries after having been dragged behind a Toyota pickup truck, reports the BgDailyNews.
A series of photographs of a dog severely injured appeared on the Facebook page of the Bowling Green/Warren County Humane Society Facebook on Saturday asking for donations for the dog dubbed Sugar who had been tied to a vehicle and dragged.
“Sugar is a 7-month-old Pit Bull puppy who was dragged for an unknown amount of time behind a truck. We do not know the exact circumstances of how or why this happened, but the police have been investigating and we are NOT saying that this was done intentionally. Intention aside, though, what happened to this poor dog is absolutely heart breaking. We cannot even imagine the amount of pain and terror she must have experienced, and we are shocked that she was still alive when the vehicle was stopped. Sugar was taken into Humane Society custody and immediately rushed to a Vet’s office where the staff there has been working tirelessly on her all day. She lost a huge amount of blood and has an enormous amount of trauma to her head and body. She has several areas of exposed bone where the flesh has just been torn away…”
The tragic event occurred in the morning after a call came into the Bowling Green police about an animal cruelty situation at the 1100 block of Crewdson Drive. A driver had been seen dragging a dog behind his vehicle, and even though motorists tried to flag the driver down to stop, the dog was dragged more than a mile before the man pulled into his driveway. According to WbkoNews, the driver then removed the 15 foot chain from the dog’s collar and told authorities he had been unaware the dog had been tethered to the truck and didn’t see the motorists trying to flag him down or honk their horns.
On the Bowling Green/Warren County Humane Society Facebook, the heartbreaking news of Sugar’s death was announced Sunday morning:
“We just spoke with the vet’s office, and Sugar did not make it through the night. We are all just heartbroken.The investigation is still going on, and It is absolutely tragic how this happened. A terrible ache is inside all of our hearts. We were so hopeful that she would pull through this.
Please don’t use this post to put even more anger and hate below: that won’t bring Sugar back to us. Hug your fur babies and continue supporting all animal welfare agencies everywhere who try so hard to save the lives of these precious animals.”
According to the police report, the driver told police he did not know the dog was chained to the vehicle. There have been no arrests pending the ongoing investigation. The case is still open; the driver could face second degree cruelty for animals.
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