Man Who Dragged Pit Bull to Death from Bicycle Found Not GuiltyPosted by April Nockleby, ALDF's Online Content Manager on October 30, 2009
Following a three hour deliberation yesterday, a Carter County jury found Antonio Ray not guilty of animal cruelty. The defense had presented the argument that Ray did not realize he was dragging his dog behind his bicycle for approximately 1/4 mile.
On March 17, Antonio Ray, 37, was arrested and charged with animal cruelty after he was witnessed dragging his pit bull from his bicycle through the Ardmore, Oklahoma city streets. Many witnesses called police, and one took a picture of the incident using his cell phone. A witness described the horrifying scene, “[The dog's] arms were behind it, its chest was on the ground and there were streaks of blood. And we went back afterwards and measured it, four-tenths of a mile he dragged this dog. The pads of its feet were gone and it was laying in a pool of blood." Authorities took the tortured dog to a nearby animal shelter, but he died before he could be treated.
Disappointed locals may consider writing a letter to the editor, expressing appreciation for the prosecution’s efforts on the case, despite the frustrating jury verdict, and reminding readers of the link which is well-documented between cruelty to animals and cruelty to humans.
Considering the tragic nature of this case, I found it helpful to revisit a past blog post by my coworker Stephan titled, “When Our Defenses Fail Us.”
"While we loathe each time our defenses fail us, in some respects, the raw emotions that these cases evoke are important reminders. Reminders that cruel, cowardly acts can and still do occur everywhere. Reminders of just how much animals desperately need our support to help make our society one where they receive the respect they so rightly deserve, and one where those who violate this respect receive the punishment they deserve."
Thank you to ALDF supporters for fighting the good fight, and to everyone who signed petitions and sent letters in support of this case! We can’t let the outcome of this case discourage us from our work toward creating a better world for animals – one that acknowledges that animals are living, feeling individuals deserving of true legal protection. We must continue our fight.