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Woman Charged in Awful Puppy-Dragging Episode

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Trooper is still healing from his wounds
A woman has been charged for her involvement in that terrible episode on November 21 in which a puppy tethered to a truck was dragged along I-55 for about a mile.

As it turns out, the ex-wife of the driver of the truck was responsible. And it appears she did not intend for this to happen.

Nevertheless, Benetta Y. Johnson, a 41-year-old from East St. Louis, now faces one misdemeanor count of animal abuse.


Media coverage so far indicates that the driver, Victor Washington, had given the puppy to his ex-wife's young daughter. Johnson decided she didn't want to keep it and wanted to give it back. But Washington showed no interest in taking the dog in.

So Johnson had her son tie the pit bull mix to the hitch on Washington's truck on the night of November 20.

The next morning, Washington didn't see the dog tied to his truck when he drove off. Another motorist flagged him down, and that's when he discovered what had occurred.

The Humane Society says that the dog, nicknamed "Trooper" by his rescuers, is still recovering. They plan to wait until the threat of infection subsides before they make him available for adoption.

h/t PD, KSDK, KMOV

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peggybrks
peggybrks

NOT ONLY DO I FEEL SORRY FOR THE POOR DOG.....CAN YOU IMGINE WHAT WHAT WENT THRU THE DAUGHTERS MIND WHEN SHE WAS TOLD ABOUT HER POOR PUPPY????.. THEY OUGHT TO BE CHARGE W/ 2 COUNTS OF CURELITY...1,FOR THE PUPPY,2, FOR THE MENTAL CURELITY OF THEIR CHILD!!!!....JAIL TIME...BIGGGG TIME!!!!

JamesMadison
JamesMadison topcommenter

On Nov 27th, RFT reported, "The driver of the truck was on the scene and "distraught," saying that he had no idea whose dog this was and how it had become tethered to his vehicle."  Is the driver saying he did not recognize the dog he gave his daughter?

Rocky Bridges Chura
Rocky Bridges Chura

So she not only ties the puppy to the hitch, the poor dog is left by himself tied up all night. Then no one sees him there? She is not only reckless, she abandoned this dog and then could care less what would eventually happen to him. They all deserve punishment for treating him so poorly. Trooper deserves better! They must pay!

Mikey TheCocktapus Berner
Mikey TheCocktapus Berner

She deserves to be dragged behind a truck "unintentionally" for the same amount of time, community service and NEVER be allowed to have an animal ever again!

John L. Williams
John L. Williams

Anyone who has seen National Lampoon's Vacation and read this story has to be snickering a little.

Caitlin MDosz
Caitlin MDosz

Good. She deserves it. Fucking irresponsible. I hope her ex sues her for the emotional stress caused after discovering the dog

peggybrks
peggybrks

I M RELIEVED TO KNOW THAT AT LONG LAST THE POOR PUP FINALLY GOT TLC/RX HE NEEDED....POOR THING!!!!XXXX! GOD BLESS HIM! :{

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