WILSON, La. (WAFB) - The East Feliciana Parish Sheriff’s Office says an investigation into video of a dog reportedly being dragged by a vehicle Sunday afternoon revealed the dog was dead before the dragging occurred. As such, a charge of animal cruelty will not be filed against the driver at this time, the sheriff’s office announced Tuesday, Sept. 17.
Sheriff Jeff Travis told WAFB law enforcement initially responded to the scene after being called by a concerned resident.
The incident happened along Highway 68 in Wilson, Louisiana. Sheriff Travis said a witness recorded a portion of the alleged incident which captured someone yelling, “stop, get out and push the dog into a ditch.”
“We’re going to do everything in our power to catch whoever’s responsible for this,” said Sheriff Travis.
The witness shared the video with the sheriff’s office. Sheriff Travis said investigators were able to get the license plate number, which revealed the vehicle was a rental.
Sheriff Travis said investigators received a verbal report of a necropsy performed by pathologists at the Louisiana Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory which revealed the dog was dead before it was dragged.
In the last year, the sheriff’s office has handled around 10 animal cruelty cases. Sheriff Travis says they are, “taking a stand." He says the continued abuse won’t be tolerated.
“It’s very concerning when someone is cruel to an animal. It has all kinds of implications. It’s something you need to know about, besides the fact that it’s wrong. It’s very disturbing,” Sheriff Travis said.