Dog tied to moving trailer injured after being dragged along road

Animal Cruelty
Posted at 10:28 AM, Aug 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-21 10:28:00-04

VALDOSTA, Ga. (WTXL) - A woman is facing charges in Valdosta after a detective witnessed her dog fall off her moving farm trailer. 

The Valdosta Police Department says that Teresa Lopez, 47, was arrested on Friday.

They say that on that day, around 8:25 a.m., they were contacted by a concerned citizen.

The citizen reported that while traveling on Inner Perimeter Road, she was behind a pickup truck pulling a farm trailer. The caller said that there were two dogs were tied onto the back of the farm trailer, near the open road.

The caller told police that neither dog had enough space to ride in the trailer and she was concerned that they were going to fall off. 

When a detective went to the reported area to investigate, they spotted the truck and trailer going southbound on Bemiss Road.

While the detective was watching, a police report says one of the dogs fell off the trailer while the vehicle was moving. The report says that the dog, while still tied to the trailer, began being dragged down the roadway. 

VPD says the detective immediately activated his lights and sirens for an emergency stop. 

Once the vehicle was stopped, the detective saw that the dog had serious injuries to his legs.

Police say the driver was escorted to a veterinary clinic so the dog could receive treatment. They say Lowndes County Animal Control ultimately cited the Teresa Lopez for cruelty to animals.