Central Idaho man charged after puppy dies on tangled leash

Posted at 3:39 PM, Jun 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-06 17:39:22-04

KETCHUM, Idaho (AP) -- A central Idaho man police say killed an English bulldog puppy by dragging it with a leash looped around its neck has been charged with cruelty to animals.

Ketchum Police Chief Dave Kassner says 46-year-old Matthew M. Muer was intoxicated and may not have realized the dog had stopped walking.

Kassner tells The Times-News that an officer directing traffic on Saturday heard a woman screaming that someone was dragging a puppy.

Kassner says the officer investigated and found the leash had looped around the dog's neck and cinched tight.

Kassner says the puppy was taken to a veterinarian's office where it died.