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Dragger of dog gets 10-year sentence

A South Carolina man who dragged a pit bull mix behind his pick-up truck for two miles received the state’s maximum penalty for animal cruelty.

Circuit Judge Letitia Verdin sentenced Roger Dennis Owens of Greenville to five years in prison Tuesday for ill treatment of animals. He received another 5 1/2 years for habitual traffic offenses.

“This is one of the cruelest things that I’ve seen since I’ve been on the bench,” Verdin said.

Andra-GraceOwens dragged the dog behind his truck for at least two miles on Nov. 29 — even as witnesses tried to get him to stop, according to the Greenville News.

Witnesses said the dog was tied to an open truck bed with her front paws on the gate while her hind legs were dragged across the road. The dog was running, trying to keep up with the truck, which was being driven at high speeds.

Two witnesses pursued Owens, following a trail of blood on the road until they found the dog, said Assistant Solicitor Julie Anders.

The dog, now named Andra Grace, was taken to a veterinary clinic for treatment, and more than $16,000 was donated to help pay for her care.

She has since been adopted.

Owens’ attorney, public defender Elizabeth Powers Price, said her client has cared for dogs his whole life but had been drinking that day.

You can learn more about Andra Grace on the Justice for Andra Grace Facebook page.


Comment from vida
Time July 18, 2014 at 5:46 pm

I hope the length of the sentence sends a message, no excuse for this kind of abuse, or any kind.

Comment from Miss Jan
Time July 19, 2014 at 2:00 pm

I actually worked for public defenders (federal, state and municipal courts). I cannot believe that a court-appointed attorney would dare to offer such an excuse for a client. Alcohol abuse DOES NOT excuse any crime whatsoever. Obviously this is a repeat offender and it’s hard to believe that such a hardened criminal “cared for dogs his whole life” as his public defender claims. I can only hope that the offender is required to participate in alcohol rehab and has his driver’s license permanently suspended as well as being permanently prohibited from having the care, control or ownership of ANY animal. Nice to have a prison sentence but there was a LOT more the judge could have handed this scumsucking bottom feeder.

Comment from My Info
Time July 29, 2014 at 3:43 am

No one who as his lawyer.says cared for dogs his whole life would have done this drinking or not I am furious .IN this case a judge ordered a punishment unfortunately most people are not held accountable .! animal abuse police officers are also guilty of this killing pets claiming they were charged by the dog .they were caught on video and audio hefty finbw