Suspect Formally Charged in Dog Dragging Case

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One of two men charged in connection with a dog being dragged to death earlier this month in Vanderburgh County is formally charged.

Prosecutors charged 44-year-old Jamie McFarland with three felony counts and one misdemeanor count of animal cruelty. The judge denied McFarland’s request to lower his bail of $50,000.

McFarland allegedly tied the dog’s leash to the truck of Brandyn Cox while he was in the bathroom. Cox, who was also charged in this case, took off in the truck, dragging the dog named Hank more than five miles before being stopped by a bystander.

Susan Odoyo of the Animal Cruelty Task Force is prosecuting this case.

“The whole purpose of the task force is to make sure that cases such as these do not fall through the cracks,” said Odoyo. “When this case broke, actually before it even made it on the news, the task force was investigating it, reviewing the evidence. Matt Elrod with the sheriff’s office is on the task force, and he is the one investigating this case.”

Since it’s inception a couple of years ago, the task force has had more than 20 guity pleas in animal cruelty-related cases.

McFarland is back in court May 19.

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