Courtesy Photo This dog was dragged behind a vehicle with a chain around her neck, but is expected to make a full recovery.

Courtesy Photo

This dog was dragged behind a vehicle with a chain around her neck, but is expected to make a full recovery.

Charles J. Weedman, 50, of Leitchfield pleaded not guilty Thursday on the charge of cruelty to animals in the second degree.

He was charged on Oct. 6 after Leitchfield Police Department officers were sent to find a dog on a chain being dragged by a vehicle.

LPD found the vehicle at a residence on West White Oak Street and they saw a bully breed dog with injuries to all four paws and to her belly.

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Animal control officers were dispatched to care, then remove her from the scene to an after hours emergency veterinarian for treatment. The dog was then placed in a foster facility for extended care.

According to the Kentucky law, a person is guilty of cruelty to animals in the second degree if he or she subjects any animal to or causes cruel or injurious mistreatment through abandonment, mutilation, beating, tormenting, failing to provide adequate food, drink, space, or health care, or by any other means.

Cruelty to animals in the second degree is a Class A misdemeanor and punishable by 90 days to 12 months in jail and fined up to $500.

Weedman is scheduled to have a pretrial conference on Thursday, Nov. 8. It is not yet clear whether the dog will be returned to Weedman.