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Dog-Dragging Motorist to Pay $2,000

From Associated Press

A man who tied a dog to his pickup truck and drove off as the animal was dragged bloody for a mile can no longer own a pet, a judge ruled.

Superior Court Judge Enrique Romero ordered Aisea Tuuholoaki, a gardener, on Wednesday to serve three years’ probation and perform 100 hours of community service at an animal shelter. In addition, he must pay $2,000 in restitution.

Tuuholoaki, 36, of Hawthorne pleaded no contest Monday to a felony charge of animal cruelty. He had faced up to a year in county jail.

Tuuholoaki was arrested July 31 after Carson firefighters were alerted by witnesses that the 2-year-old, mixed-breed dog was tied to the back of the truck with a 20-foot rope.

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After ordering the driver to pull over, firefighters revived the 40-pound canine, whose head, shoulders and paws were bloodied.

The dog, dubbed “Lucky,” was in the care of county animal control officers who will put it up for adoption now that the case is over.


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