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Investigators say Lincoln Co. man dragged dog behind truck for miles resulting in its death

Posted: Updated: Aug 04, 2015 11:57 PM
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Investigators say a Lincoln County man dragged his own dog behind a truck for miles, ultimately resulting in its death.

This all happened back in April, but a warrant was recently issued for Tommy Larson’s arrest on charges of animal abuse and neglect.

On Wednesday, deputies said Larson reported to the sheriff's office and is now cooperating with the investigation. Charges are pending. 

Investigators say a witness tipped them off to the suspect, after taking down a full description of his truck, including his license plate.  

That witness spoke with FOX 12 over the phone this evening.  He says he noticed someone driving past him the opposite way on East Eckman Creek Road in Waldport on April 22nd. That's when he saw the dog, dragging behind the truck.

The witness tells FOX 12 that he tried to catch up with the driver, thinking he had no idea what was going on. The witness says it soon became vividly clear as he started honking at the man, that this was no accident.

“I pretty much realized he was doing on purpose,” said David Kauffman. “I was trying to get in the center lane, flashing my lights to get their attention, but then I see the passenger put his arm out and he flips me off. As I tried to get around them, they tried to run me off the road.”

Kauffman says he called 911 to report what was going on.

Police say the dog was dragged some two miles before it was left in the middle of the road and the driver took off.

Kauffman says watching this all unfold was the most horrific thing he's ever seen.

“We put a blanket over the dog, and gave it water, we were really hoping it was going to pull through, but it was too much,” said witness David Kauffman.

Court documents show the dog, a one-year-old Australian Shepherd mix, had to be euthanized despite all efforts to save her. A vet said her injuries, were simply too severe, according to those documents.

“People who do stuff like this, they need to be prosecuted to fullest extent, there’s no forgiveness, there should be no leniency with them,” said Kauffman.

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