Man Arrested For Animal Cruelty After Allegedly Dragging, Dropping Dog
This is a press release from the Arcata Police department. The information has not been proven in a court of law and the individuals described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty:
When Officers arrived, the dog and the subject had left the area.
Officers conducted an investigation including reviewing surveillance at a local business and saw a subject with a dog on leash. The dog had a pack strapped to his back. As the dog was walking, it collapsed in the street. The subject was seen dragging the dog across the street by its leash. The subject then picked the dog up and dropped it on the ground. The video shows the subject blowing into the dog’s face. The subject then walked away with the dog, which was limping.
Officers checked the area and located the subject and the dog in the downtown area. The subject, identified as Charles Wesley Cole 6/13/1959, was placed under arrest for 597(b) PC, felony animal cruelty. The dog was taken to the Sunny Brea Animal Clinic where it was medically cared for.
Charles Cole was transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where he was booked on animal cruelty charges.
Anybody who witnessed the animal cruelty is urged to contact Arcata Police to give a statement.