Mercedes PD: Man drags dog with van

Mercedes police arrested a man accused of dragging his dog behind his vehicle on September 5, according to a probable cause affidavit.

An officer stopped Jose Luis Viera based on a report of a white van pulling a dog on the road. A large black dog wearing a collar attached to a metal chain was inside Viera’s vehicle “bleeding from its injuries which coincide with the witness complaint,” the complaint states.

Viera told police his dog leaped out of the van while he was driving. A witness said Viera dragged his dog “from Mile 10 North to Mile 9 North over a mile,” according to a court document.

The Mercedes man was charged with cruelty to non-livestock animals, which is a third degree felony punishable by two to ten years in prison and a fine of no more than $10,000.