Police: Indiana man kills dog by dragging it behind truck for five miles


Mug shot of Jamie McFarland

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. – An Evansville man was arrested after he allegedly killed a dog by dragging it behind his truck.

Deputies from the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Department responded to the area of Pearl Drive on a report of a dead dog on Tuesday, May 3.

Multiple 911 callers indicated the driver of a black Ford F-150 pick-up truck had been dragging a dog on a leash behind the vehicle.

According to a release from the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office, one of the 911 callers attempted to stop the truck by honking her horn. When the driver failed to stop, the 911 caller sped around the truck on Pearl Drive and blocked the driver’s path. The driver exited his vehicle and untied the deceased dog, leaving the animal in the roadway. The witness reported being threatened by the driver prior to him driving away.

Sheriff’s deputies later located and questioned the driver of the truck, who was identified as Brandyn Cox. Cox explained that earlier in the day he drove Jamie McFarland to his residence in the 5100 block of Old Henderson Road. McFarland then discovered that a dog had been left inside his residence unattended by a friend of his. The residence was littered with animal feces from the dog. McFarland allegedly made the statement, “I’m going to [expletive] that dog up! This is unacceptable!” Cox explained that he left in his truck after using the restroom, unaware that McFarland had tied the dog to the back of his truck.

McFarland was interviewed at his residence and admitted to attaching the dog to the trailer hitch of the truck. McFarland claimed he tried to stop Cox from leaving.

The next day, McFarland was transported to the command post to be interviewed by the Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Section. McFarland was later placed under arrest and was booked into the Vanderburgh County Jail at 6:18 p.m. this evening.

The investigation determined that Cox had driven for just over five miles before being stopped on Pearl Drive. The incident remains under investigation and additional charges are possible.

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