OLDSMAR — An Oldsmar man is facing a felony charge of animal cruelty after deputies say he dangled a dog out the window of his van and dropped it onto a street Friday. The dog escaped with scrapes and scratches.
Jack Q. Brown, 53, of 113 Mary Drive in Oldsmar, dangled the bichon frise-Yorkshire terrier mix on a retractable leash, a witness told the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office. The witness saw the dog bounce off the road and van at one point saw the dog dragged.
Brown eventually let go of the leash and the dog ran off, the witness said.
Brown was driving east about 45 mph in the 3100 block of Tampa Road near Canal Park.
The witness followed the dog to the park, picked it up and talked with a deputy. The owner, whose information was on the dog's tag, came to pick the dog, a 1½-year-old male named Riley.
Brown was held in Pinellas County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail.