A Missouri man is facing animal abuse and armed criminal action charges after allegedly binding a dachshund with tape and throwing it into a ditch during bitterly cold weather.
Paul Garcia, 39, allegedly wrapped the dog’s legs and muzzle with electrical and duct tape, a Thursday release from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office says. Garcia allegedly threw the dog from a stopped vehicle into a ditch.
A deputy rescued the dog after approximately 12 hours, police say. Rescuers have named the dachshund Jimmy.
Sheriff Dave Marshak told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that temperatures before the dog was rescued were in the teens. The dog is not owned by Garcia, sheriff’s office spokesman Grant Bissell told the newspaper.
A photo posted to Facebook by the sheriff’s office shows Jimmy’s condition after being rescued. “He was cold, starving and may have had a concussion,” the caption reads.
A later post shows that Jimmy’s condition has improved after being rescued — the clip shows the dachshund playing with rescuers and wagging its tail.
Garcia is jailed on $50,000 bond.
Contributing: The Associated Press
Read or Share this story: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2019/02/14/missouri-man-bound-dog-tape-left-ditch-police-say/2877640002/