SPRING HILL, FL. – Authorities are asking for the public’s help to locate a man who dragged his tied up dog behind his truck last week.
On Friday, May 3, 2019, sheriff’s dispatchers received several call reporting a dog that was being dragged down the roadway behind a truck. The truck was traveling down Northcliffe Boulevard in Spring Hill, when witnesses noticed that the dog who was tied to the truck’s back bumper as he dragged behind. The approximately 1-year-old pit bull terrier mix finally freed himself from the collar, which was tied to the rope.
A Spectrum worker said that the dog flew into the median where he pulled over to check on him. The male Spectrum employee drove him to the Nature Coast Animal Wellness & Surgical Center where he is being treated and is expected to make a full recovery.
Deputies followed leads and were able to identify the dog’s owner as Gregory Tousignant, 58, a Spring Hill area transient. “Witnesses said it appears Tousignant was unaware the dog had jumped out of the bed of his truck,” sheriff officials said. “It is illegal to carry any pet in the bed of truck that is not properly secured and prevented from jumping out of a moving vehicle.”
On Wednesday, May 8, 2019, a warrant was issued for Tousignant’s arrest for misdemeanor Cruelty to Animals, As Tousignant is a transient, anyone with information regarding his whereabouts is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 352-754-6830.
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