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MI: Hunter gets out of jail and drags dog behind truck

August 31, 2010

Man Calls Dog Dragging An "Accident"

18-year-old Todd Meoak of Eaton Rapids is accused of dragging a rottweiler mix behind his truck; he says he didn't know she was chained to the truck.

Lucky the rottweiler mix has gone through more pain than most of us ever will.

"I thought for sure that poor dog was dead. It was awful," says Sherry Brown.

A couple of Sundays ago, Brown looked out her kitchen window and saw Lucky, chained to the back of a pickup truck, being dragged down the street. It took almost a mile of people honking and yelling to get the driver to stop.

"My husband Guy got ahold of the chain, and she was under the truck. He said, 'C'mon, baby, c'mon.' He got her out from under the truck and she went right to his chest to hug him and say thank you," Brown says.

Her injuries were extensive. Nails torn off, her belly rubbed raw-- it's been surgery after surgery for the dog, who's since been adopted by Brown and her husband and re-named Lucky. Lucky's former owners never showed up to claim her.

Police say the driver was 18-year-old Todd Meoak of Eaton Rapids. He pleaded not guilty Tuesday to animal abuse and reckless driving. He tells the judge he'd just gotten out of jail that morning; he was driving to see his mom and girlfriend, and didn't realize Lucky was chained to his truck.

"I'd like to help pay for some of the dog's medical bills," Meoak tells Judge Julie Reincke. "I feel bad. It was an accident. I did not know."

Some of lucky's injuries are worse than others. Her pads, for example, may never recover because they were worn down so badly. But other injuries are healing nicely.

"She's wonderful! So sweet, as if nothing happened," Brown says, petting Lucky. "She loves us as much as we love her." Something good, perhaps, to come of something so tragic.

The judge set Meoak's bond at $2,000 cash or assurity. Prosecutors say he was convicted previously of hunting off-season, which stemmed from an incident where he shot Canada geese with an air-soft gun.

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