A Cleveland Ohio jury found Eric A. Jackson not guilty of cruelty to animals for dragging a dog while driving.
Prosecutors said the jury decided that Jackson made a poor decision when he dragged the Akita by closing the leash in his car door, but he did not intend to hurt the dog.
Jackson testified that he wanted to get the Akita away from his German shepherd, family and other local children because everyone in the neighborhood was afraid of the dog. He said he was fearful to put the dog in the car with him, which is why he tied the dog to a leash outside of the car.
He stated that he tried to be careful and drive slowly, so the dog could keep up. Initially, Jackson said he thought he was helping the neighborhood, but now he realizes what he did was a mistake.
Authorities said that a witness called police saying Jackson was dragging the dog from his car. He shut the door on the dog’s leash and started driving. The person shouted to Jackson, and he opened his door. The dog hobbled away.
When officers arrived, Jackson was still in his car. His first question to them was “is the dog dead?” He was arrested for animal cruelty.
He told the police that he dragged the dog after it attacked his own dog. He said he had called authorities during the attack, but no one responded to his call. The radio dispatcher records showed no such call was made to police.
The dog was taken to an animal hospital after the dragging incident. The 18-month-old Akita, named Buddy, has fully recovered from the incident and will be given to a family.