A Humboldt Park man was charged with aggravated animal cruelty after dragging a puppy and leaving a trail of blood while "teaching her to walk" early Tuesday morning
Stanton Howard, 42, of 1300 block of North Rockwell Street, was charged with felony aggravated animal cruelty and two counts of misdemeanor animal owner duties, according to police News Affairs Officer Laura Kubiak.
About 2 a.m. Tuesday police were called to his home because neighbors told police they saw a trail of blood leading to the door of Howard's second-floor residence, police said.
When officers knocked on Howard's door, they encountered Howard, who admitted that the blood from the 11-week old pit bull he had dragged, Kubiak said.
Kubiak said Howard told police: "This is how you teach a dog to walk."
The 11-week old black and white female pit bull suffered "severe bloody scratches" and had open wounds on its stomach. While the puppy was being walked, she was "being dragged when she didnít keep going," said Kubiak. "A trail of blood was left behind."
Another 11-week old male pit bull was found inside Howard's residence, the officer said. The dogs were taken by the city's Commission on Animal Care and Control.
Animal Care Executive Director Cherie Travis said two dogs were being examined by the vet this morning. One appears to have "serious abrasions to the belly," according to Travis.
Howard, who has a tattoo on his chest of a bulldog, is scheduled to appear in court May 1, police said.
The injuries to the dogs were not life-threatening and the dogs will not be euthanized.