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Miguel Lechuga Sanchez was charged with animal cruelty. (click for larger version)

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Hundreds of people have contacted the Sheriff's office wanting to adopt the German Shepherd, which is still under the animal hospital supervision. (click for larger version)

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The German Shepherd, whose name is still unknown, was signed over to the county. Paige Roman. (click for larger version)
June 19, 2014
FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — A man seen dragging a German Shepherd tied to a leash to his pick-up truck was arrested and charged with animal cruelty Wednesday, June 18.

Miguel Lechuga Sanchez, 41, was also charged with DUI and driving with a suspended license in addition to the animal cruelty charge -- all are misdemeanors.

About 4:30 p.m., deputies were dispatched by 911 responders to Ronald Reagan Boulevard near Peachtree Parkway (Ga. 141) and The Collection at Forsyth to a dog being dragged behind a pick-up truck.

A witness who called 911 said a German Shepherd was tied with a leash to a pick-up truck driving on Ronald Reagan Boulevard less than a mile from the Forsyth County Sheriff's South Precinct.

A Forsyth County Sheriff's Office investigator in an unmarked car saw the pick-up truck two minutes after the call was dispatched and stopped the vehicle on Ronald Reagan Boulevard and Majors Road, according to Forsyth County Sheriff's Office news release.

Patrol deputies responded minutes later and determined the dog needed immediate attention from a veterinarian.

The dog had fallen off the truck's bed and the driver did not see the dog.

"There was never any indication that it was malicious," said Robin Regan, a spokesman for the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office.

It is not illegal to carry dogs in a truck's bed, but Sanchez's intoxicated state meant he was negligent of what the dog was doing, Regan said.

A patrol deputy rushed the dog to a local animal hospital where it was treated for injuries to the front paws and bruising around the neck. The dog is in good condition and will remain at the animal hospital while recovering from injuries.

The veterinarian who treated the dog said he's seen lots of cases where dogs fall off the truck bed, but this is the first he's seen who survived.

Sanchez, of Cumming, was arrested, charged and taken to the Forsyth County Detention Center where his bond was set at $4,680.50.

As of June 20, Sanchez was still in jail, but if he does bond on Forsyth County Sheriff charges, he has an U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) hold. This means possible deportation for the Mexican native.

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    Seriously
    June 19, 2014 | 10:25 AM

    Immigration status? No drivers license, cruelty to animals, DUI? Illegal immigrants, not saying he is, have zero respect for our laws (check the Gwinnett arrest logs, almost 100% of the immigrant arrest are for driving without a license). The good news is he will be out of the country the moment he bonds out - that is until he returns under a new name.

    Gimmeabreak
    Cumming
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    FendersR4me
    June 19, 2014 | 09:18 PM

    Let see, I say tie this man around his neck, drag him down the street! Nothing to ship back nothing to come back. I am sorry it just makes me cry that poor animal.

    ShipThemOut
    Flowery Branch
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    German Shepard
    June 26, 2014 | 07:48 PM

    Thanks to the vet who treated this beautiful dog! Hope you can him a forever loving home. This person should be deported at once - but before that, make sure any other pets and family are checked out . Who knows who else he has mistreated

    Kim
    Alpharetta
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    German Shepard
    June 26, 2014 | 07:48 PM

    Thanks to the vet who treated this beautiful dog! Hope you can him a forever loving home. This person should be deported at once - but before that, make sure any other pets and family are checked out . Who knows who else he has mistreated

    Kim
    Alpharetta
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    I agree !
    June 27, 2014 | 02:45 PM

    I would hope more people stand up and recognize the Vet who had to deal with the mess this looser made.. My heart goes out to anyone who donates time to fix heart wrenching situations like this..

    Mark Miller
    Cumming, Ga
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