SPRING HILL, Fla. (WFLA) – A man accused of dragging a pit bull behind a truck in Spring Hill is now in custody, according to online jail records.
Gregory Tousignant, 58, a transient, was arrested for animal cruelty and booked into the Hernando County Jail at about 9:20 p.m. Wednesday.
According to deputies, witnesses reported seeing a dog tied to bumper of Tousignant’s truck by a piece of rope that was attached to the animal’s collar.
Deputies said Tousignant was unaware the dog had jumped out of the bed of his truck.
It is illegal to carry any pet in the bed of a truck that is not properly secured and prevented from jumping out of a moving vehicle.
Tousignant’s faces a misdemeanor charge of Cruelty to Animals, which carries a $1,000 bond. In the meantime, the pit bull is being fostered at a vet tech’s house and might be available for adoption once he is healed.