Man charged with cruelty for walking dog with car Retriever treated for bleeding paws

November 18, 1995|By Richard Irwin and Dan Thanh Dang | Richard Irwin and Dan Thanh Dang,SUN STAFF

A Pikesville man has been charged with animal cruelty after driving a car through his neighborhood while his 11-month-old Chesapeake Bay retriever ran alongside on a leash.

The dog, named Barkley, was treated for severe lesions to his paws at a Reisterstown veterinary office after an officer discovered bleeding paws -- the pads worn off by the rough road, Baltimore County police said.

Barkley's owner, Scott Eckrote, 24, of the first block of Tentmill Lane, also was charged with possession of marijuana and marijuana paraphernalia after his arrest Thursday night. He was released yesterday on $3,000 bail.

Although a friend of Mr. Eckrote picked up Barkley late Thursday, police said they were making plans last night to seize the dog.

Officer Bill Lally of the Garrison precinct said a neighbor reported about 8 p.m. Thursday that a dog was being abused on Tentmill Lane, and that he and Officer Rich Spalding followed a blood trail to Mr. Eckrote's apartment.

The officers found Barkley in the living room, licking his paws and having difficulty walking and standing.

"There was blood on the floor," Officer Lally said. "He was lying on the floor on his side. He tried to get up, but he kept falling down. The pads on his feet were rubbed away and they were bleeding badly."

The owner said he was "too tired to walk the dog and decided to let it run next to his moving car," Officer Lally said.

An odor of burning marijuana led to the other charges against Mr. Eckrote, a mortgage refinancer, Officer Lally said, adding that a search turned up several plastic bags containing suspected marijuana, along with a bong -- a water-pipe device.

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