Huntersville police ID driver who tied dog to back of Jeep

- The Huntersville Police Department is attempting to locate the driver who tied a dog to the back of a Jeep this week. Officers say they've identified the driver and will be seeking charges. 

FOX 46 Charlotte put out a plea to viewers on Monday. The story has since gone viral. 

The driver was spotted at two restaurants with the dog sitting on the cargo carrier of a gray/blue Jeep Wrangler. The first sighting was at a Chick-fil-A in Huntersville. 

Another person said they saw the driver with the dog sitting on the back of the car at a Zaxby's in Huntersville as well. She snapped pictures, and said she spoke with Animal Control and police, who are trying to track the driver down.

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"We have identified the owner and are attempting to locate them," Huntersville police said to FOX 46.

A North Carolina law states that "conveying animals in a cruel manner, is the only relative statute that comes to mind. There is no statute that requires animals to be secured inside of a vehicle. For example, animals can be transported in the open bed of a pickup truck."

North Carolina State Police said it is up to each police department to decide how they want to handle the situation. The Huntersville Police Department said Tuesday this violates the following statute: 

"§ 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 is asked to call the Huntersville Police Dept. at (704) 464-5400. 

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