Warning: The details in this story are disturbing.
The Laurel County Sheriff's Office says a grand jury will decide whether to pursue charges in the case of a driver who claims he accidentally dragged his dog, causing him extensive injuries, then left the animal on the side of a busy road to die.
According to Homeward Bound, a London animal rescue group, a mother taking her child to school found the young purebred brindle boxer around 8 a.m. Tuesday along Highway 1006 near the airport. The dog was barely clinging to life and he died at Cumberland Valley Animal Hospital.
The Laurel County Sheriff's Office launched an investigation and the Humane Society was prepared to offer a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case.
"It just absolutely rips my heart out and makes me angry and makes me very sad," said Christina McCreary with Homeward Bound. "I would just like to see justice be served."
While Homeward Bound calls it a case of animal abuse and torture, the dog's owner told LEX 18 on Tuesday afternoon that it was simply "an accident".
The owner said her young son had tied the dog to his father's truck to keep him from running away. She said her son did not tell anybody and, when the father drove to work, he wound up dragging the animal behind him.
According to the owner, her husband thought the dog was dead and he left him on the side of the road so that he could get to work, but she said he did plan to return for the body.
After learning of the owner's side of the story, Homeward Bound told LEX 18 that they wanted the man to be charged with animal cruelty for leaving the dog on the side of the road to die.
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