A New Jersey man was arrested and charged with animal cruelty after tying his dog to his car and dragging him through the streets last week.
49-year-old Keith Guastamacchia of Middletown claims he stopped to let his dog use the bathroom and tied the animal to the side of his car. During the stop, he got into an argument with a friend who called his cellphone, and in the midst of the upsetting call, he forgot that the dog was still tied to his car. Guastamacchia drove away, completely unaware that the dog was still attached to his vehicle.
A police officer pulled Guastamacchia over after noticing the dog being dragged by the vehicle. The Chihuahua was taken to an animal hospital to be treated for serious injuries, and Guastamacchia was arrested and charged with animal cruelty. After being arrested, Guastamacchia was later released with a summons.
Roxy, the 1-year-old Chihuahua, is said to be recovering from the injuries she sustained in the incident.