Elderly man arrested for dragging dog with truck

MCALESTER, Okla. - An elderly McAlester man was arrested Sept. 15 for cruelty to animals

According to the affidavit, an officer was dispatched after someone reported seeing a man dragging a dog by a leash from a truck.

Upon arrival, the officer found 77-year-old Elbert Allford standing in the street behind a white Ford pickup truck and a severely injured black dog in a ditch.

The officer said the dog had a deep laceration to its neck and its legs and paws were missing hair and bleeding.

According to the affidavit, Allford said the dog got loose and wouldn't get in the truck bed so he tied it to the hitch and was dragging it home.

A witness stopped and told the officer he saw Allford "slug the dog" and cause it to roll in front of his vehicle.  The witness said he nearly hit the dog but managed to swerve.

According to the affidavit, Allford resisted arrest initially.  He was taken to the Pittsburg County Sheriff's Department and booked on charges of cruelty to animals.

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