HUNTERSVILLE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - A driver who was spotted with a dog tied to the back of a Jeep this month has reportedly been "dodging police." A criminal summons has been issued, according to the Huntersville Police Department.
The driver was spotted at two restaurants, a Chick-fil-A and a Zaxby's, with the dog tethered to the rear cargo carrier of a blue Jeep Wrangler on Friday, August 10.
On Monday, August 13 the same Jeep was spotted again traveling down the road in Huntersville with the same dog on the back cargo carrier. Officers were called to the area but could not find the Jeep at that time.
The driver of the vehicle was identified this week and attempts were made to contact the driver at the residence listed on the plates, however the driver no longer lived at that listed address, officers said.
Police said they got a valid phone number for the driver and called the driver. After multiple attempts failed to have the person report to the Huntersville Police Department for an interview, a criminal summons was issued for the driver for 'Conveying Animals in a Cruel Manner."
"§ 14-363. Conveying animals in a cruel manner. If any person shall carry or cause to be carried in or upon any vehicle or other conveyance, any animal in a cruel or inhuman manner, he shall be guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor.
Whenever an offender shall be taken into custody therefor by any officer, the officer may take charge of such vehicle or other conveyance and its contents, and deposit the same in some safe place of custody.
The necessary expenses which may be incurred for taking charge of and keeping and sustaining the vehicle or other conveyance shall be a lien thereon, to be paid before the same can be lawfully reclaimed; or the said expenses, or any part thereof remaining unpaid, may be recovered by the person incurring the same of the owner of such animal in an action therefor."
Anyone with information related to the whereabouts of the driver and/or vehicle is asked to please call Animal Control Officer McCutcheon at (704) 464-5400 or North Mecklenburg Crime Stoppers at (704) 896-7867.