Monday, February 27, 2017

West Virginia: Darrel Swisher, 66, purposely dragged his dog behind his ATV ripping off its skin, say police

WEST VIRGINIA -- A 66-year-old New Milton man is awaiting his probable cause hearing on felony animal cruelty charge.

Darrel E. Swisher was arrested by Doddridge Deputy Andrew Menendez. The lawman alleges the defendant secured his black Lab mix to the back of his all-terrain vehicle (ATV) using a short leash, then dragged it at a high rate of speed for about a quarter mile to a half mile, injuring the animal.

The dog, about a year old, was confiscated and taken to a Bridgeport veterinary practice for treatment, Menendez alleged. Swisher was released on a personal recognizance bond following his initial appearance in the alleged Feb. 20 incident.

If convicted, Swisher could face 1-5 years in prison, a fine of up to $5,000, and would lose the right to possess animals for a prescribed period of time.

( - February 27, 2017)