Man gets jail sentence for dragging dog behind car, prosecutors wanted more

A Florida man convicted of dragging a dog behind his car learned has learned his fate on Tuesday.

Ross Garrett Cheney, 29, was sentenced to 14 days in jail -- to be served on weekends-- after being found guilty of aggravated animal cruelty stemming from an August 8, 2016, incident, according to NWF News.

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Bill Bishop, chief assistant state attorney in Okaloosa County, told NWF Daily News that Cheney, along with other family member, was helping his parents search for their dog, which had run away from their home. Cheney, of Niceville, ultimately found the dog then put a leash around its neck, and forced it to run alongside his car as he drove back to the home.

The dog eventually became tired, leading Cheney to drag the dog behind his car for an unidentified distance before a witness got his attention, Bishop tells NWF Daily News.

The dog suffered injuries that were treated at a nearby veterinarian’s office before the animal was released back to its owners.

Cheney’s sentence was significantly lower than the sentence prosecutors suggested.

"Our office recommended that Cheney be sentenced to 11 months and 29 days, with four years of probation," Bishop told NWF Daily News. "But (Circuit) Judge (John) Brown sentenced him to 14 days in the Okaloosa County Jail, with two years probation and 100 days of community service."

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