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Case ID: 18209
Classification: Vehicular
Animal: dog (pit-bull)
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Thursday, Jul 7, 2011

County: Craighead

Charges: Felony CTA
Disposition: Alleged
Case Images: 3 files available

Alleged: Cameron Nicholes Wright

Case Updates: 1 update(s) available

Jonesboro Police are investigating the dragging of a puppy Thursday night. It's a case of animal abuse that has outraged many around Region 8.

"When I first got home it was just sitting there behind that stroller back there," said Justin Martin, who found the five month old Pit Bull puppy outside his front door. "It wasn't wining. It was just walking around wagging it's tail. I thought it was a stray dog. I didn't think anything of it," said Martin.

Martin says he's used to seeing stray dogs around the neighborhood. It wasn't until he saw the bloody paw prints, that he knew something was wrong. "I came back out here and he was just walking around with all the blood. You know every time it took a step, you could just see the bloody prints. It was pretty bad," said Martin. That's when he called his wife who then dialed Jonesboro Animal Control.

"We see minor incidents of animal cruelty quite often, but nothing to this level," said Sergeant Larry Rogers, with JAC. He suspects the animal was chained to the bumper of a truck or car and dragged until it couldn't keep up any more. "The skin on the paws was ripped off. Toe nails were missing in some places. The ones that were still there were worn down to the nub. His genitalia area was torn and ripped back," said Rogers.

The injuries were so bad, Rogers says yesterday they were forced to put the puppy down. "This type of crime right here severely effects the community," said Rogers.

With two children of his own, Martin just hopes police can track down whoever committed this horrific crime. "I hate to think I live close to someone who does that to animals. I mean if they can mistreat an animal they could mistreat anybody," said Martin.

Police say the torturing took place sometime late Thursday or early morning Friday in the Wendy Linda area in north Jonesboro.

Jonesboro Police and CrimeStoppers are offering an undisclosed amount of reward for information leading to an arrest in this case. If you have any information you're asked to please contact CrimeStoppers at 870-935-STOP (935-7867).

Case Updates

It's a case that has the community pushing for justice. Last Friday, Jonesboro Animal Control was forced to put down a five month old pit-bull puppy after police officers suspect it was dragged from behind a vehicle. Jonesboro Police Officers have made an arrest. At probable cause hearing Thursday afternoon, suspect Cameron Wright was charged with aggravated animal cruelty.

Police say it was the communities response, that helped lead to the arrest. "You have a puppy that in the end had euthanized and killed and I think that pulls on a lot of people's heart strings," said Crimestopper's Chairman Ben Massey.

He says when the news broke about the abuse of the five month old pit-bull puppy, it was evident that the community was eager to get behind the case. He says by far its been the biggest response they've ever received for an individual case. From anonymous tips, to the money put forward by citizens all helped provide the tip that lead to an arrest.

"Our donations for this one incident has ten times exceeded anything we've done in the past," said Massey.

And it was that response that quickly lead police to Cameron Wright. "There was an anonymous tip that told us the vehicle description, had the tag number, and the description of the male that was driving the car. That, coupled with of few other crimestopper tips gave us enough information to proceed with the case," said Detective Lyle Waterworth, who is the lead investigator on the case.

But according the incident report, Wright didn't make it easy. On the way to jail, he apparently slipped out of his seat belt, and started banging his head on the cage window of the patrol car trying to give himself a concussion. The officer was forced to call for back-up, and after a struggle Wright was booked.

Waterworth says during the interview process Wright admitted to dragging the dog, but says there are still questions that remain unanswered.

"He never told us why he did it, other than he felt like it was an accident," said Waterworth.

Wright is being held on 10-thousand dollars bond, the maximum amount for a class d felony. He will appear in Circuit Court August 30th.
Source: - Jul 15, 2011
Update posted on Jul 16, 2011 - 12:15AM 


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