August 31st 2010 6:46 am
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Growlmy found this in the local news today.
This about made growlmy have a conniption of angry fits :(
Man, 18, charged with dragging dog
August 31, 2010 8:25 AM
CHARLOTTE, Mich. (AP) - Police say an 18-year-old man intentionally dragged a dog around the streets of Eaton Rapids while the animal was chained to his sport utility vehicle.
Police didn't immediately arrest Todd Meoak of Eaton Rapids on Aug. 15, when they say a witness saw a 5-year-old Rottweiler mix being pulled by Meoak's Chevrolet Tahoe.
Eaton Rapids Police Chief Paul Malewski tells the Lansing State Journal his department had to investigate Meoak's claim that he didn't know the dog was chained to the SUV.
Meoak is to be arraigned Tuesday. He doesn't have an attorney on the misdemeanor reckless driving and animal cruelty charges, which are punishable by up to 93 days in jail.
The dog, Lucky, suffered severe road burns, lost her pads and toenails and has undergone three surgeries.
How can any human stoop so low as to dream these things up, other than that they have very sick minds. Maybe someone ought to return the favor to them...GRRR!
...now a few moments later I have read this rather more grizzly account of the same article...I should race over and bite this dude! GRRR!
CHARLOTTE - Prosecutors have issued misdemeanor charges against an 18-year-old who they say intentionally dragged a dog around the streets of Eaton Rapids while the dog was chained to his sport utility vehicle.
The reckless driving and animal cruelty charges, which are punishable by up to 93 days in jail, are only the latest legal issues Todd Meoak of Eaton Rapids faces.
Meoak is now serving jail time for a probation violation and could face operating while intoxicated charges unrelated to the dragging incident, which happened the morning of Aug. 15.
Police did not arrest Meoak immediately after the driver of a pickup - who saw the 5-year-old Rottweiler mix being pulled by Meoak's Chevrolet Tahoe - forced him to pull over.
Eaton Rapids Police Chief Paul Malewski said they had to investigate Meoak's claim that he didn't know the dog was chained to the vehicle.
But later that same day, after a traffic stop at about 11 p.m., police arrested Meoak in Eaton Rapids on suspicion of driving while under the influence of drugs. He was taken to the Eaton County Jail, where he has been held ever since.
That arrest meant he had violated probation in another case, authorities said. Meoak was convicted earlier this year for shooting a goose at an Eaton Rapids park with a pellet gun, authorities said.
An Eaton County judge revoked Meoak's probation in that case and sentenced him to 60 days in jail.
Charges in the driving while intoxicated case are pending results of toxicology tests, prosecutors said.
Meoak, who is expected to be arraigned today in 56A District Court, does not yet have an attorney in the animal cruelty and reckless driving case. A court-appointed attorney will be assigned after the arraignment.
The female dog, now named Lucky, suffered severe road burns and lost her pads and toenails. She has undergone three surgeries.
The day of the incident, she was adopted by Guy Brown of Eaton Rapids, who saw her being dragged down his street and tended to her after Meoak was finally forced to stop. Meoak did not own her, but stayed at a house where she lived, police said.
Her owners didn't show up at the veterinary hospital, where Lucky was treated.
Prosecutor Jeff Sauter said his options for charges were limited, because according to state law, what allegedly happened did not rise to the level of a felony.
(From our local newspaper.)
So readers, and pals, this goes to show that one bad behavior of a violent nature could lead to worse things...at least now this poor doggy has nice, kind loving owner.
On a happier note, here are some more progress notes from Lenny's FB page:
Lenny came with me to cut back the weeds at the edge of the lake. He quickly learned the joys of digging for frogs and muddy paws.
Although Lenny is seeing emotional progress he is still facing hurdles. He has not gained any weight since an initial 2-3# and is eating 4 cans of food a day. I will be switching him to a higher protein diet to see if that helps, but currently he's an expensive dog to feed!
Lenny was very animated this morning. He is always very patient as I make his food, but leaped up and down on his front legs when I brought it to him today. Just a little more personality making an appearance. :)
Lenny learned today that vacuum cleaners and ceiling fans really aren't all that scary and that just because it's on the floor does not mean it belongs to Lenny. Good lessons.
Big day for Lenny. He's coming to our home to begin his acclimation to other animals. Bringing him home will disrupt our lives significantly, so send all the good energy you can our way. We're going to need it! :)
Things are quiet after the initial excitement. I'm on my own due to a family emergency, so it's even more of a struggle juggling animals. Currently Lenny is sleeping in his crate safely in the other room and the other animals are napping around me. Good news is that the cats survived a face to face introduction. Lenny ...was somewhat distracted by his new surroundings, but that still gives me hope. I have a fearless cat who was thrilled to meet a new creature and had no problem walking right up to Lenny and rubbing his nose. I don't think Lenny had any idea how to react. ;)
So far things are going smoothly. Lenny has met one cat several times and although he wants to chase it, he hasn't tried to hurt it when it's just sitting there. He has been face to face with dogs either through the fence, baby gate, or cage and he has exhibited no aggression. These are all excellent signs, but it's im...portant to keep in mind that he's still weak and in recovery. His true personality is starting to take shape, which is why we need to take things slowly. So far, things are looking really good.
Lenny fancies himself a lap dog... and I don't mind. His future owners might have some unspoiling work to do though. ;)
Good Stuff Huh! We need that to counter the sadness of that other report.
Other good stuff:
Willie, a well known doggie on this site is Dog Of The Week!
Way to go Willie!
Sophie Bean, another good pal of a lot of us, is the DPOTD! Condogulations to her, too!
Its a good day!
Except I have to go to the vet today...GRRR! (just regular yearly visit...)
More later! Bye!
How awful for Lucky. Mom and I just don't even know what to say except this is just AWFUL! Too bad euthanization isn't available for bad, very bad animal owners or in this case someone who just took the animal. Glad to hear you had some good news though. Head UP! hugs, ~Anya
That is just awful, that poor dog!! Let me tie that idiot up to my truck and drag him around for awhile!!!
Good luck at the vet today too my good pal!
GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR! This is the second story me and Momma have heard about people being cruel to animals this week! At least Lucky survived. Marley and her sister Mocha were not so lucky.
I can't imagine hurting an animal. ANY animal. Momma tries to not even squish bugs! Well...except spiders. But...*sigh* We can't talk about this anymore. Momma is leaking so bad she can't see.
Poor girl! Hopefully her new human will be able to make up somehow for that bad one.
Glad Lenny's doing well!
Poor Lucky. That is just horrible!!!
Glad Lenny is doing good!
oh Fizzy, I just went on Marley's page and read what happened, Mom's eyes are still leaking!! Don't understand why people are just so awful!!!