Dragged puppyAn 8-12-week-old mixed breed puppy is recovering today at the Buncombe County Animal Shelter from wounds to its paws, legs, stomach and face after two men dragged it by a leash on Sunday.

At least two called were logged into the police, the first at 7:10 pm and the second about 25 minutes later reporting two men dragging a puppy, its paws bloodied. At first, police couldn’t locate the men but the second caller, Troy Leeper, followed on his bike and was able to lead the police to them.

Two Asheville men, Richard Darnell Brent, 49, whose address was listed as the Buncombe County jail and James Lewis Drew, 58, have both been charged with misdemeanor cruelty to animals.

The puppy, who was treated for its wounds, is expected to recover and didn’t even belong to either of the two men. For some unknown reason, the puppy’s owner had allowed Brent to take the puppy temporarily.

“It probably had never been trained to walk on a leash,” Shelly Moore, executive director of the Asheville Humane Society said. “I just don’t understand why someone would do this. It’s a 6-pound puppy. You need to pick it up and carry it.”

What the hell is wrong with people that they would drag a helpless little puppy along concrete sidewalk until it was injured and bleeding and then continue to drag it?? OMG!! Someone need to tie a leash on these brainless morons and drag them around! These idiots were dragging this puppy for at least a half an hour. Thank goodness a good Samaritan stepped in and called 911 and followed at least one of this POSes until he could point him out to the police. Looks like the idiot’s residence is going to stay listed as the jail!

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