A man accused of dragging a dog from the back of his pickup truck faces a charge of mistreatment of an animal causing its death.
Twenty-seven-year-old Anthony Farrington of Wisconsin Dells pleaded not guilty and is scheduled for a pretrial conference May 16th. Authorities say the five-year-old chow named Puffer apparently was dragged nearly three and a half miles April 2nd.
Police say Farrington claimed he was drinking when he hit and killed the dog by mistake and then dragged her behind the truck. But detectives say their investigation indicated the dog was alive before being dragged and had her paws worn down to the bone.
Sean McBride was Farrington's roommate and says he found his dog's body attached to the truck's rear bumper by her training collar. He says the loss has been difficult, because the pet was like his child.