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Alton Man Accused of Dragging Puppy "Like It's a Stuffed Animal" Says Vet Told Him To Do It

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Courtesy Hope Rescues
Harper the puppy was dragged for blocks.
Alton, Illinois, resident Michael Thomas, 38, was trying to walk his three-month-old yellow labrador on a leash over the weekend, but when the puppy wasn't cooperative, he began to drag her. For many blocks. Until the little pup was nearly unconscious.

So says Jackie Spiker, cofounder of Alton's Hope Animal Rescues, who eventually took custody of the badly injured puppy, now named Harper.

"When police arrived on scene, she was completely motionless," Spiker, who talked to witnesses that alerted authorities, tells Daily RFT. "He was dragging the puppy like it's a stuffed animal. But it wasn't. It was a real puppy."

KTVI (Channel 2) says that after his arrest over the weekend, Thomas offered an explanation: A veterinarian told him to drag the puppy -- to train her.

Spiker tells us she heard that he had given that excuse -- but knows that no vet would ever advise puppy dragging.

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Michael Thomas, 38.

"He probably was not listening," she says.

Spiker tells us that witnesses driving by at first thought he was just a strange man dragging an actual stuffed animal on a leash -- but when they saw him a second time, they realized it was a live puppy he had. And she was being very badly hurt. Their attempts to tell him to stop were not successful.

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Courtesy of Hope Rescue

Continue for more on Harper's rescue and recovery.

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36 comments
Tony Merklin
Tony Merklin

Exactly.....He should be dragged by his neck for about a half mile. And I'll Volunteer to drive the car........

Jonathan Steinke
Jonathan Steinke

Subject him to AT LEAST what was similar to the 'eye scene' from "A Clockwork Orange" where the screen displays bloody, torn-open corpses of humans AND animals and see how long he lasts!!

Timothy Casey
Timothy Casey

IDK if you're new to "the Internet" but ppl talk real tough and call for blood on just about every subject.. Then proceed to do nothing except get into comment wars with people over nothing.... So let's all settle down & let this guy Darwin Award himself out of existence...

Chris Bergh
Chris Bergh

Thanks for having a level head in this discussion Laurie, glad someone else doesn't think it's OK to torture or kill people because they did it to animals. I definitely think he should face the maximum possible jail time and never be allowed to own other animals, that is a sound solution.

Casey Kohler
Casey Kohler

It's this contradictory stupidity that flourishes in America these days. He can't help it.

Chris Bergh
Chris Bergh

JJ O'Brad if you can't see that Casey is correct and merely calling for people to cool off, I'm not sure you should be trading "who's more evolved" insults. You're literally asking for an act of cruelty and violence to show that cruelty and violence is wrong. It's paradoxical and troubling. We all can agree this is inhumane what was done to the animal, but posting tough guy talk online about the most awful thing you can dream up to do to someone is just as bad as threatening people via comments sections anywhere on the internet. I think jail time, fines, and other punishments are better than torture; telling other people who dislike the idea of dragging another human being behind a car like James Byrd "mouth breathers" and "knuckle draggers" is definitely hypocritical as hell, or just flat out oxymoronic.

Timothy Casey
Timothy Casey

Karmic justice will deal with all accordingly.... Until then I wouldn't mind hearing about this POS falling down some stairs or an elevator shaft...

Casey Kohler
Casey Kohler

And if that was your way of referring to me as a caveman or neanderthal, then you should really fucking get some new material.

Casey Kohler
Casey Kohler

Like you should have done in the first place, dismissed yourself.

JJ O'Brand
JJ O'Brand

Are your knuckles all bloody, dragging them on the street, that's gotta hurt....

Casey Kohler
Casey Kohler

You should probably cease "mouth-breathing".

JJ O'Brand
JJ O'Brand

I sat on it, and stand by my statement. Why dont you just sit on IT... I didnt say kill the twunt, just drag'm and show him what lack of empathy really is.... Now continue with your mouth-breathing, you're dismissed.....

Rachel Roach
Rachel Roach

Cut his little dick off and watch him bleed to death.

Laurie Heupel
Laurie Heupel

some jail time and take the animal away from him and not allow him to have any furry family members. Glad to see the puppy is safe now!

Casey Kohler
Casey Kohler

None of you have the right to choose whether a human life is more important than an animals, it makes you no better than him for dragging a puppy behind a vehicle. Sit on that thought for a minute.

Cappy Sue
Cappy Sue

Just put him down clearly he is to stupid to be allowed to breed.

Bria Rushton
Bria Rushton

I can't even comment on this. It would not be nice!!!!!

JJ O'Brand
JJ O'Brand

Dragged the same distance and speed as his vehicle.......

iustitia_est_monstru
iustitia_est_monstru

@Chris Bergh I agree Chris, and while I don't think any offense merits torture and bloodletting, there are some things done which call for death. Some are equivalent to rabid animals suffering a sickness of mind so severe that no amount of institutionalization, or psychotherapy can successfully reform them. They are a danger to others in any setting, and their continued existence only endangers the innocent, and further destroys economic resources which would be better spent elsewhere. When an animal is rabid a Vet. puts that animal out of its misery and is considered a saint, yet when people argue for euthanasia for certain types of irreformable criminals they're considered monsters. ( that has a ring of hypocrisy as well considering such types are really just a different kind of animal lacking in the basic qualities and characteristic which make others Human.)

iustitia_est_monstru
iustitia_est_monstru

@Jason Bryson Public hangings would only serve to further desensitize an already blood hungry culture and justify the idea of vengeance rather than justice, or social expediency.

iustitia_est_monstru
iustitia_est_monstru

@Cappy Sue ignorant people have been known to create genius children Sue, it happens quite often. Intelligence is not always determined by a gene.

iustitia_est_monstru
iustitia_est_monstru

but in this guys case? jail time, fines, and psychotherapy should suffice. He is not beyond reform, just ignorant.

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