2015-07-29 / Front Page

TURNING HIMSELF IN

Blythe driver accused of dragging dog behind car
By Elizabeth Billips


The dog was dragged behind this car four nearly four miles through downtown Keysville to Perkins Mill Road. The dog was dragged behind this car four nearly four miles through downtown Keysville to Perkins Mill Road. A Blythe man drove through Keysville, dragging the body of a dog behind his car.

A warrant was issued Monday for the arrest of 61-yearold Jackie Dean Ellington on a single charge of cruelty to animals.

According to Investigator Gene Boseman, the case was opened by the Burke County Sheriff's Office on July 13 after numerous residents witnessed the disturbing spectacle. The warrant was issued on Monday after numerous failed attempts to interview Ellington and get his side of the story.

“We are not sure if the dog was alive or dead when he began dragging it,” Investigator Boseman said. “But he dragged it right through the heart of town. Children were outside playing and people were standing outside of stores.”

Two women actually followed the car, initially believing that the chained dog had been forgotten and the driver had no idea he was pulling it from his bumper.


A witness took this photograph of the dog after following the car to a dumpster. A witness took this photograph of the dog after following the car to a dumpster. “One woman flagged him down,” Investigator Boseman said, noting a child was in the car with Ellington. “But he cursed her out, threatened her and said the dog had rabies.”

The other woman lost sight of the car but managed to track his car by following the dog’s bodily fluids that were left in the roadway.

Boseman estimated the route from Ellington’s Highway 88 home to the Perkins Mill Road dump where he left the dog’s body was just under four miles.

Authorities could not test the dog for rabies since Ellington did not notify the health department and the dumpster had been emptied before deputies arrived.

Tuesday afternoon, Sgt. Boseman told The True Citizen he had finally reached Ellington, who is on a truck driving job up north.

“He agreed to come down and turn himself in on Thursday or Friday,” he said.

Ellington could face additional charges related to the dumping of the dog’s body, threatening a witness and the presence of a child.

NATIONAL ATTENTION

Sgt. Boseman said the sheriff’s Office has been inundated with calls and emails from animal rights activists groups from all over southeast. Most commended the agency for promptly seeking criminal charges.

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