Dog dragged behind truck

A viewer photo shows the scene Spartanburg County deputies responded to at an Upstate gas station. (Viewer photo/ September 8, 2018)

SPARTANBURG CO., SC (FOX Carolina) Spartanburg deputies and The Spartanburg County Environmental Enforcement Department said they have charged a man who dragged his dog behind a vehicle on September 7.

Lt. Kevin Bobo said a deputy was flagged down by a concerned citizen at a QuickTrip on Sept. 7 around 10:30 p.m..

Deputies said a man pulled into the parking lot in a truck that had been dragging a dog on a chain behind it; ultimately killing the animal.

The deputy approached the man and brought the dog to his attention. 

Deputies said the man appeared to be unaware of the dog being chained to his car, and became emotional after identifying the deceased dog as his own. 

Lt. Bobo said the man did not seem to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs. 

The deputy called an animal control officer with Environmental Enforcement. 

After responding to the man's house, deputies said the officer found three other dogs who were properly cared for. 

"While empathizing with those citizens that are emotional, we still have to make decisions based on all the facts of the incident and the applicable law," said Bobo. 

On Tuesday, the Spartanburg County Environmental Enforcement Department said the solicitor had recommended Genaro Arteaga Hernandez of Lakewood Drive be charged.

Hernandez was issued a county summons for violating the ordinance pertaining to Ill-treatment of animals.

Hernandez is due in court on October 15 in Spartanburg County. He faces up to a $1,050 fine and to 30 days in jail.

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