It was back in late April when an absolutely horrific cruelty was inflicted upon an Australian Shepherd mix as its owner dragged it on a rope behind his pickup as it drove down Eckman Road and onto Highway 34.
Frantic motorists pulled alongside and motioned to the rear of his pickup, but they say driver Tommy Larson only flipped them off and kept driving. Eventually the dog wiggled free of the line and came to rest in the middle of the road. Larson, and his companion, kept driving.
The motorists rescued the dog and covered it – gave it water – hoping it might survive its horrendous wounds. A deputy happened by, bundled it up and rushed it to Grove Veterinary in Newport. But to no avail. The vet said the dog could not possibly survive the surgery to fix everything. So she was put to sleep.
The Sheriff’s Office took the information from the witnesses including make, model and license plate of the pickup. They located Larson and took a statement with him as to what happened and then released him. After a careful review of all the information the District Attorney reportedly asked a judge for a warrant for Larson’s arrest for Animal Cruelty. But somehow the warrant never made it into the system.
When Fox 12 News in Portland ran a story this week on the fact there was a warrant for Larson’s arrest he heard about it and went straight down to the sheriff’s office. As of late Wednesday, Larson’s name is not on the county jail inmate roster.