Dog Dragged to Death from a Bicycle
October 29, 2009 Update:
Following a three hour deliberation, 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.
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.
(Carter County, Okla.) On March 17, Antonio Ray, 37, allegedly
dragged a 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.
Police arrested Ray and charged him with animal cruelty. A police press release details the incident. Court records show Ray has a history of domestic abuse, drug offenses, weapons offenses and DUI.
Carter County Court House
#20 B Street SW Suite 304
Ardmore, Oklahoma 73401