A Leitchfield man was arrested in Edmonson County on Saturday, Aug. 6 after allegedly dragging a dog to death behind his truck, as well as driving under the influence and being in possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia.
On Saturday afternoon, Edmonson County Sheriff’s Deputy Jordan Jones, the K-9 officer for Edmonson County, received a report of a call regarding a man driving a black Ford pick-up truck that was dragging a dog behind it.
The caller, an off-duty Bowling Green police detective, reported that the Ford had been driving near the road that Edmonson County residents call Veterans Memorial before stopping at the Chalybeate Fire Department, Jones said.
Jones made contact with the driver, 19-year-old Calvin Dennis, of Leitchfield, at the Chalybeate Fire Department where he discovered a deceased dog with her leash wrapped around the back of the Ford’s axle.
Jones’ investigation into the death of the German Shepherd/Boxer mix revealed that the off-duty Bowling Green detective had followed Dennis for several miles but was unable to pull Dennis over because he was in his personal vehicle, not a police vehicle.
Additionally, several other drivers had attempted to honk their horns to get Dennis’s attention to pull over, but due to his erratic driving, he did not, Jones said.
At one point, the Bowling Green detective lost sight of Dennis’s vehicle before finding him again by following the trail of the dog’s blood, according to Jones.
Officials estimate the Ford dragged the dog for about 15 miles, said Jones.
At the Chalybeate Fire Department, a field sobriety test was performed on Dennis, whom was subsequently arrested for DUI, Jones said.
Upon further inspection of the Ford, Jones said, he also discovered drug paraphernalia and suspected methamphetamine inside the truck.
Following questioning, Dennis admitted he had taken a pill and snorted methamphetamine at around 10:00 a.m. on Saturday morning, according to Jones.
Jones’ investigation revealed that, prior to the incident, Dennis had taken the dog with him to his workplace, the Mammoth Cave Dairy Auction in Oakland, KY, and tied her leash to the truck’s axle when he arrived.
Jones said Dennis had allegedly gotten into a fight with a friend of his wife’s at the Mammoth Cave Dairy Auction, became angry, and got into the Ford and drove off with the dog still tied to the truck’s axle.
Dennis was arrested and charged with Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol/Drugs/Etc. .08, 1st Offense; Possession of Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Methamphetamine); Drug Paraphernalia – Buy/Possess; and Torturing of a Dog/Cat with Serious Physical Injury or Death.
Dennis was transported to the Hart County Jail where he was lodged on a $5,000.00 cash bond.
Reach Matt Lasley at 270-259-9622, ext. 2015.