Man Arrested on Animal Cruelty Charges after Dragging Pit Bull Puppy

By: Robert Borrelli
By: Robert Borrelli

Elkhart Police are investigating a horrible case of animal cruelty after a cop spotted a man dragging a bloodied puppy down a sidewalk.

There is an interesting twist to the story, since the puppy was a pit bull.

The roughly 7-week-old puppy is doing better today.

However, the man who was arrested faces charges including animal cruelty.

Over the sound of barking inside a kennel at the Elkhart County Humane Society, Elkhart Police Corporal Darlene Guthrie holds the puppy, saying, "Everybody's in love with him."

His nails are worn down and all four of his footpads were rubbed raw by friction burns.

The puppy was also severely dehydrated.

Elkhart Police say 22-year-old Aaron Johnson was seen dragging the dog south of downtown Thursday morning using a belt wrapped around the dog’s neck.

County Humane Society Director Eric Durcinka says the man was, "Somebody obviously [who] needed to feel good about themselves by dragging a helpless puppy by a belt down the road."

While the humane society has a zero adoption policy for pit bulls, in this case they're hanging onto the puppy because he's involved in a police investigation.

"This is a very unique situation whereas we have somebody who's going to be prosecuted for animal cruelty and the victim is a pit bull,” Durcinka said.

After a story in Friday's edition of The Truth, the humane society has been swamped by callers wanting to adopt the puppy.

However, the dog will probably end-up going to a reputable rescue facility out of state.

Durcinka says, "All you feel when you see this dog is just compassion. So, for somebody to not feel that really has got to have a hole in them that is really dark."

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