Two men accused of dragging, killing dog in Lexington

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ)- Lexington police arrested two men who officers say were drunk when they dragged a dog behind a car for miles. Meanwhile, a national, animal rights group says it plans to follow the case.

Vincent O’Bryan and Jesse Durham face dog torture and alcohol intoxication charges. Police say O’Bryan also faces charges for disorderly conduct and terroristic threatening.

Police say they got multiple calls Wednesday night that people were seeing a dog being dragged behind a car. Officers say they found the dog along Kingston Road. Police say O’Bryan and Durham were later arrested on Charleston Court.

Animal control believes the dog was dragged for about two miles.

O’Bryan told ABC 36 it was an accident. He says he normally keeps his pit bull, Bella, chained to his car in the front yard because another one of his dogs just had puppies and he wants to keep them separated. O’Bryan says he left to go to a friend’s house and forgot Bella was still tied to his car.

O’Bryan and Durham both entered not guilty pleas.

Animal control filed an additional eight animal-related care and treatment charges against O’Bryan. It says all of the animals involved are being held under protective custody with animal control.

Both suspects have lengthily criminal histories, according to the judge and Fayette County court records.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, PETA, is looking into the case. The group says it plans to push for “vigorous prosecution” of those responsible.

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