Teen Charged With Dragging Dog

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Police say an 18-year-old man intentionally dragged a dog around the streets of Eaton Rapids while the animal was chained to his sport utility vehicle.

Police didn’t immediately arrest Todd Meoak of Eaton Rapids on August 15, when they say a witness saw a 5-year-old Rottweiler mix being pulled by Meoak’s Chevrolet Tahoe. Eaton Rapids Police Chief Paul Malewski tells the Lansing State Journal his department had to investigate Meoak’s claim that he didn’t know the dog was chained to the SUV.

Meoak is to be arraigned Tuesday. He doesn’t have an attorney on the misdemeanor reckless driving and animal cruelty charges, which are punishable by up to 93 days in jail.

The dog, Lucky, suffered severe road burns, lost her pads and toenails and has undergone three surgeries.

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