Pitbull dragged behind truck in Lufkin recovering from injuries

Roger Whitmill (Source: Angelina County Jail)
Roger Whitmill (Source: Angelina County Jail)

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Bear was limping around covered in bandages and wounds Monday, but still he managed to wag his tail despite being dragged behind a truck down Timberland Drive Saturday night.

Bear somehow managed to wiggle out of his collar, which was attached to a cord tied to the truck and Lufkin Police found him underneath the Kurth Drive railroad trestle.

"He looked a lot better than we were really expecting other than just his flesh wounds," said Dr. Lindsay Slyer, a veterinarian at the Angelina Animal Hospital. "He's a pretty happy-go-lucky guy and was a little dehydrated and sore and tender. "

Lufkin Animal Control officers took Bear to the Angelina Animal Hospital, where Slyler tended to his extensive and severe flesh wounds.

"In a case like this we have to kind of treat them like burn patients because of the extensiveness of the lack of skin on the arm and on the leg," Slyler said.

"Mentally he's doing really good. He's extremely stable" Slyler said. "He's eating good. He's drinking good, but what we're hoping for is slowly but surely we'll be able to heal these wounds with the right medications and bandaging over a little bit of time and get him back to a normal functioning dog."

Daphne Baker claimed bear was stolen from her son's yard last week.

"All we know is he was chained up in my son's backyard, and someone went back there and took it off the chain," Baker said.

They went looking for their dog but heard about a pitbull mix dog being dragged and decided to take a chance to see if it was theirs.

"This is the first time we've seen him since he's been missing," Baker said.

"I think the guy should be punished for all this, and charges will be filed on him going in the yard stealing the dog and doing what he did to the dog," Baker said.

Aaron Ramsey, the director of the Kurth Memorial Animal Shelter said good teamwork played a big role in making sure Bear got the help he needed.

"Lufkin Police officers did a great job in locating the animal after the incident, which allowed us to immediately come out and take the animal to receive veterinary care," Ramsey said.

Lufkin Police investigators and Animal Control officers are working together to determine who Bear's owners are because two parties are claiming ownership.

Bear will need up to 12 weeks to heal from  his wounds.

Roger Lawrence Whitmill, 47, of Lufkin, is still being held in the Angelina County Jail on cruelty to animals, driving while intoxicated, no driver's license and possession of drug paraphernalia charges. His bail has been set at $4,000.

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