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Thursday, Jan 5, 2012County: Tarrant
Charges: Felony CTA
Alleged: Anthony Brown
A Fort Worth man was arrested Thursday after undercover officers saw him drag a leashed dog next to his car, a police report said.
Anthony Brown, 35, was arrested on suspicion of cruelty to nonlivestock animals. He was being held Saturday in the Mansfield Jail. No bail had been set.
Shortly before 4 p.m. Thursday, Fort Worth officers in an unmarked vehicle near Avenue I and Thrall Street spotted Brown leaving a residence and leading a brown and white pit bull-type dog toward a 1996 blue four-door Chevrolet, police said.
Officers said the dog stopped several times on the way to the car, and they observed Brown yank the leash and drag the dog as he tried several times to get the dog into the car, said Sharron Neal, a Fort Worth police spokeswoman.
Neal said the officers watched Brown get into the driver's seat. He was still holding the leash and left the dog outside the driver's-side door.
Brown drove away from the house heading west on Avenue J, then turned south on Thrall Street, dragging the dog outside the car, Neal said.
As Brown drove away, still dragging the dog, the undercover officers called for a marked unit, which pulled Brown over in the 2900 block of Avenue I and arrested him.
Texas penal code lists cruelty to nonlivestock animals as a state jail felony when the animal is tortured, including any act that causes unjustifiable pain or suffering.
Information on the dog's condition was not available late Saturday.
- star-telegram.com - Jan 7, 2012
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