An Austin man has been charged for animal cruelty after police say he walked a dog for too long causing it to suffer a heat stroke and then dragged the dog across an intersection.
Police say 46-year-old Jeffrey Gordon Kuhn had been walking Barko, a beige golden retrieved and two other dogs on Oct. 14, 2012 without water for about an hour. Police say the temperature was about 87 degrees that day.
Several witnesses called 911, when they saw Kuhn dragging Barko, who was lying on the pavement, across the crosswalk on Manchaca Road. According to the arrest, multiple witnesses gathered around Kuhn and attempt to help Barko and prevent Kuhn from dragging the dog any further.
One witnesses provided images of Barko's paws, which were bleeding. Another witness provided police with a video of the incident.
Kuhn told police that Barko "is old and stubborn and just chooses not to move."
Barko was taken to a veterinary hospital, where his temperature was 108 when he arrived. The normal temperature for a dog is 100 to 102 and anything over 106 can be fatal. The vet said Barko had a heat stroke and his chance of survival was 15-20 percent.
Kuhn decided to have Barko euthanized.
Kuhn has been charged with cruelty to non-livestock animals.