BRISTOW — A mixed-breed dog that was severely injured after being dragged behind a vehicle near Sapulpa has been given a second shot at life.
Nursed back to health by veterinarians in Bristow, Sammy, a small brown dog, has now been adopted and is in a good home. He still goes to the Bristow Veterinary Hospital once a week for checkups.
On Oct. 16, Dr. William H. Mitchell received a call from the Oklahoma Alliance for Animals, saying the agency had a dog that needed to be put to sleep.
Yet, "When I saw him, I was surprised how together he seemed to be. I knew it would take a long time, but this dog would pull through,” Mitchell said. Mitchell was aided by fellow veterinarian Dr. Agniellis Feliciano.
A Sapulpa man, Cody Wayne Hahn, 20, has been charged with three felony counts in connection with the dog’s abuse. He was released from the Creek County jail Tuesday after posting $6,000 bail.
The sheriff’s office said witnesses saw Sammy being dragged by a black SUV, and they had tried to chase after the vehicle but were unable to keep up with its speed.
What witnesses saw
Witnesses said the dog tried to keep up with the vehicle, but then, exhausted, Sammy just gave out and was dragged until his collar came loose.
Those witnesses also reported that once the dog came free of the collar, the SUV driver stopped, went around to the back and put the leash into the vehicle as Sammy lay nearby.
What’s more troubling to authorities is that there was a female passenger in the SUV who petted the dog before they sped away in the vehicle. She has yet to be identified.
Sheriff’s deputies soon found the SUV and questioned Hahn, who denied any involvement. However, Hahn was picked out of a photo lineup by the witnesses as the alleged driver of the SUV.
Hahn, according to the sheriff’s office, was on leave from the Army at the time of the abuse.