Two people were arrested on Friday in Texas after authorities witness then dumping a dog on a rural gravel road. Deputy Ricky Reagan was patrolling in the area when he came up on a pickup stopped in the middle of the road with a small black dog standing next to it. When the pickup started up again, the dog tried chasing the truck.
The driver and passenger were arrested and charged with Cruelty to a Non-Livestock Animal after admitting that the dog running after their vehicle belonged to them. This charge is a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of up to $4,000, and up to one year in jail. The truck was impounded and towed.
Dumping unwanted pets in rural areas is an ongoing problem according to Chief Deputy Mike Cox with the Navarro County Sheriff’s Office.
“Turning a dog or cat loose in the country is merely condemning them to a slow death from starvation, becoming the meal of a predator or forcing a rancher to destroy them when they attack his livestock,” Cox stated. “Cruelty to any animal in Navarro County is not and will not be tolerated by the Sheriff’s Office.”
Justice of the Peace Jackie Freeland set bonds of $2,000 on Sullivan and $1,500 on Barron. Both individuals have bonded out of jail, Freeland said Monday. Unfortunately the dog ran into the brush when the Sheriff’s Deputy tried to catch it. He called for help but after 45 minutes were no closer to finding the little black dog.