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Man bound dog with duct tape, threw it into ditch to freeze, police say

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Man bound dog with duct tape, threw it into ditch to freeze, police say

Paul Garcia, 39 of Missouri allegedly wrapped the dachshund’s legs and muzzle with electrical and duct tape. He allegedly threw the dog from a stopped vehicle into a ditch.

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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

 

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