Homeless Man Charged with Dragging Dog Behind Truck
The dog, a 1-year-old pit bull terrier mix, is expected to recover, Hernando deputies said.
SPRING HILL – Deputies have arrested a homeless man that dragged a dog behind a truck on Northcliffe Boulevard in Spring Hill, the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office said.
Gregory Tousignant, 58, was charged with one count each of Cruelty to Animals, a misdemeanor, and Driving While License Suspended/Revoked with Knowledge. His bond was set at $1,500.
Tousignant’s arrest was in connection with the May 3 incident in which witnesses called deputies to report that a dog was being dragged behind a truck on Northcliffe Boulevard in Spring Hill. Witnesses told deputies the dog was tied to the truck’s back bumper by a piece of rope that was attached to the dog’s collar.
The dog, a 1-year-old pit bull terrier mix, was able to free itself from the collar. A witness at the scene tended to the injured dog and took the dog for additional treatment. The dog is expected to make a full recovery.
Witnesses also said it appeared the driver was unaware the dog had jumped out of the bed of his truck. Deputies said it is illegal to carry any pet in the bed of truck that is not properly secured and prevented from jumping out of the moving vehicle.
Deputies said they identified Tousignant as the dog’s owner. On Wednesday (May 8), County Judge Kristie Ruppe issued a warrant for Tousignant’s arrest on a misdemeanor charge of Cruelty to Animals.
Just after 9 p.m. Wednesday, deputies patrolling in the area of Commercial Way and the Outback Steakhouse saw a truck that matched the description of the one Tousignant had been driving.
Deputy Vincent Spallino conducted a traffic stop on the green Ford F-150 at Frontage Road just off Commercial Way in front of the Microtel. Tousignant was driving.
Spallino requested Tousignant’s driver’s license. Tousignant told Spallino he had only an ID card, as his license was not valid.
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