Man arrested after dog is dragged to death behind truck in Evansville

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Jamie McFarland

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – A dog was dragged to death behind a truck in Evansville Tuesday morning, according to the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies responded to the area of Pearl Drive after receiving multiple reports saying a black Ford F-150 was dragging the dog on a leash behind the vehicle.

One of the 911 callers witnessed the truck dragging the dog and attempted to stop the it by honking her horn. When the driver failed to stop, the 911 caller sped around the truck and blocked the driver’s path. The driver got out of his vehicle, untied the deceased dog and left it in the roadway. The woman also reported being threatened by the driver before he drove away.

Deputies later located and questioned the driver of the truck, Brandyn Cox,  who told them that he drove a man named Jamie McFarland to his home earlier in the day.

Cox told deputies that when they arrived to the home, they found the dog unattended, supposedly left there by a friend. The home was littered the dog’s feces, so McFarland allegedly made the statement, “I’m going to [expletive] that dog up! This is unacceptable!” And then allegedly tied the dog to Cox’s truck while he was in the restroom.

Cox told deputies that he left in the truck, unaware that McFarland had tied the dog to it.

Deputies say McFarland admitted to attaching the dog to the trailer hitch of the truck, but he claimed he tried to stop Cox from leaving.

Wednesday, McFarland was placed under arrest and booked into the Vanderburgh County Jail. He’s charged with torturing or mutilating a vertebrate animal.

The incident remains under investigation and additional charges are possible.

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