South Carolina Man Gets 10.5 Years In Dog-Dragging Incident

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CBS News – A Marietta man pleaded guilty Tuesday to dragging a dog behind his truck in exchange for drugs and alcohol in December, reports CBS’ in South Carolina.

Now Richard Dennis Owens will spend more than a decade behind bars.

Owens told the judge Tuesday he was in court to “plead guilty to my charges and get it behind me.”

Roger Owens told the judge he’s been recently diagnosed with schizophrenia and is now on meds.

“This is one of the cruelest things that I’ve seen since I’ve been on the bench,” said Hon. Letitia Verdin.

She sentenced him to the maximum five years behind bars for felony ill treatment of an animal, plus five years for habitual traffic offender and six months for DUI-related driving under suspension. That’s 10-and-a-half years total.

Thirteenth Circuit Solicitor Walt Wilkins said he hopes the sentence will send a message that animal abuse will not be tolerated in the upstate.

Photo courtesy of CBS.

Photo courtesy of CBS.

Cynthia Saracino, who works with SNARR, the rescue group that cared for the dog, said while the state should have a larger maximum sentence for animal abusers, she hopes Owens’ penalty gets attention.

“I hope it sends a message to future animal abusers. I also hope it sends a message to our judicial system that it shouldn’t be tolerated,” said Saracino.

Lynne Dixon adopted Andra Grace and drove her to her Florida home in February. She said she was overjoyed when she heard about Owens’ sentence.

“[Andra Grace] was in her bed and I knelt down. And I was already bawling. And I just climbed into her bed with her and scooped her up and squeezed her,” said Dixon.

While Andra Grace will always have scars and fur that never grows back, Dixon said the people across the country who rallied around her can sleep a little easier knowing she has a happy life now.

Andra Grace gave birth to a litter of puppies just weeks before the crime. A SNARR spokesperson said her four surviving puppies found new homes in New York.

Andra Grace has recovered from her injuries after being dragged, but will have scars and patches where no hair grows.

Andra Grace has recovered from her injuries after being dragged, but will have scars and patches where no hair grows.



  • Kevin

    I bet you could get less time for killing a human. Not supporting this but I think 10.5 is crazy.

    • Marvin

      This guy has basically been driving drunk with a suspended license non-stop for years. He’s a public menace and obviously a cruel and thoughtless person and it’s only pure dumb luck that he hasn’t killed people already. I guess we should get him back out on the street and behind the wheel as soon as possible, right? Don’t want to make a big deal about a dog.

    • George Dubya Bush

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