A Killeen man faces a felony charge after police said he dragged his dog behind his SUV earlier this week.
Juan Francisco Ortiz-Nieves, 39, was arraigned Monday on a charge of cruelty to animals. Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke set his bail at $20,000.
On Monday afternoon, police received a report of a blue SUV going down Veterans Memorial Boulevard dragging what appeared to be a golden retriever behind it, according to an arrest affidavit.
Officers located the vehicle parked in front of a home in the 1000 block of Yorktown Street. There was blood on the front of the vehicle, and bloody paw prints going up the driveway.
In the home’s garage, officers said they found the dog, which was suffering from multiple wounds on its legs, some going so deep they exposed bone.
Ortiz-Nieves was pouring water on the animal’s wounds when officers arrived, the affidavit stated.
According to the affidavit, Ortiz-Nieves told the officers he washed the dog, then tied it to the vehicle to dry off.
Later, he decided to get some food, got in the car and drove off. Ortiz-Nieves said he did not know the dog was still tied to the car.
Killeen police Cmdr. Lee Caufield said the dog had emergency surgery the same day.
On Tuesday, Caufield said the surgery was successful, and the dog was still alive.
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