Animal Crimes

Kentucky Man Arrested For Chaining Dog To Car, Then Dragging Her, Police Say

A Bully breed dog named Khaleesi suffered injuries to all four paws and her belly.

A Kentucky man has been arrested and charged with animal abuse after he allegedly dragged a dog behind a vehicle by a chain early Saturday evening, according to police.

When Leitchfield police arrived at the scene, they said they found the vehicle in question and an injured Bully breed dog at a home in the city. Police said the dog, named Khaleesi, suffered injuries on all four of her paws and her belly.

Police called Leitchfield Animal Control, which came to the home to rescue the dog. Khaleesi was transported to an after-hours emergency veterinary clinic where she was treated, police say. She has since been transferred to a foster facility for extended care.

“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,” Leitchfield Animal Shelter Director Jessica Pharis Williams said in a press release. “She ... seems to be making great progress but still has a long way to go.”

Police believe that Charles J. Weedman, 50, chained the dog up to his car and dragged her. It’s unclear what prompted the alleged actions. He has been charged with cruelty to animals in the second degree. He is scheduled to appear in court on Oct. 25. It is not clear if he has a lawyer who can speak on his behalf at this time.

Williams said that many in the public have expressed a desire to adopt the wounded dog but she said that she is not up for adoption at this time.  

[Photo: Leitchfield Police Department]

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