BRIDGETON, Mo. (KSDK) - A Bridgeton woman has been charged with animal abuse.
Amy M. Taylor, 33, was stopped by a detective with the St. Charles Police Department May 22 on Interstate 70 near Zumbehl Road while dragging a dog behind her vehicle.
Police say Taylor was driving between 60 and 65 miles per hour with a dog named Coco attached to the truck with a cable.
The detective stopped Taylor, who said she was unaware the dog was attached to her truck. She said she had put the dog into a kennel in the bed of her pickup truck. She said Coco got out of the kennel, an the cable attached to Coco's collar became entangled on the truck's tailgate.
It is unknown how the dog was able to get out of the kennel and the bed of the truck.
Taylor told police she knew there were no screws holding the kennel together when she put it in the back of her truck. She said she had attached the cable to the dog as a leash, and left it on the dog while in transit.
Coco was severely injured, but is expected to make a full recovery.