Man who dragged his dog behind truck with a chain charged with animal cruelty by police
Charles Weedman from Leitchfield, Kentucky, has been charged with second-degree cruelty to animals and is set to appear in court later this month
A Leitchfield man has been criminally charged after police say witnesses saw him dragging his dog behind his vehicle with a chain. The incident is said to have taken place at approximately 5:30 in the evening last Saturday, with authorities getting alerted immediately to the incident.
According to local news outlets, Grayson County Central Dispatch was informed that the man, later identified as Charles Weedman, had dragged the dog behind his truck as he left Peddler's Mall on West White Oak Street and only came to a halt after witnesses stopped him.
Leitchfield Police Officers Chase Melton and Missy Skaggs responded to the call and say Weedman drove for a distance of about four blocks before being stopped at the railway tracks on Highway 54. He reportedly then removed the dog from the chain and drove to his residence.
The pup, identified as a one-year-old Bully Breed, was taken into care by the Leitchfield Animal Shelter and named Khaleesi. She was immediately transported to a veterinarian and was found to have suffered severe injuries to her stomach, legs, and paws.
At the time of the injury, the animal shelter's director Jessica Pharis Williams said that Khaleesi was "recovering but in a lot of pain". She said, "All four legs were skinned badly, some all the way to the bone, and the toenails were torn out … It's going to be a long road to recovery."
Officers Melton and Skaggs arrived at Weedman's residence to confront him about the incident and were told that he had forgotten he had tied the dog to his bumper. Khaleesi was found to have belonged to Weedman's daughter and son-in-law, Chelsie and Cory Snell, the latter of whom had a previous history of animal abuse.
K105 reported that Cory was accused of animal cruelty as recently as six months ago. He was then made to sign over the rights of the ownership of two of his dogs. However, it seems as though the slap on the wrist did little to discourage Weedman from engaging in animal abuse himself.
In a recent update, Williams said Khaleesi had made "great progress" but that she still had "a long way to go." The statement read, "Khaleesi is currently recovering with round-the-clock care by a team of individuals who are making sure she is as comfortable and pain-free as possible."
It continued, "She's had a really good day today and seems to be making great progress, but still has a long way to go. We appreciate all of the interest that she's receiving from the public, however, she is not available for adoption."
Weedman was charged with second-degree cruelty to animals and is currently scheduled to appear in Grayson County District Court on October 25 for his hearing.