LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Officers with the Lufkin Police Department arrested a 23-year-old man on a felony cruelty to animals charge Wednesday night in connection to allegations that he "zip-tied" a dog's mouth so tightly shut that it injured the animal.
Matthew Edward Mosley, of Diboll, is still being held in the Angelina County jail on a state-jail felony cruelty to non-livestock animals - poison/kill/serious bodily injury charge. No bond amount has been set for his charge yet.
According to the Lufkin Police Department daily activity report, Mosley was arrested at Petty's motel, which is located at 1100 N. Timberland Drive, at about 11:10 p.m. Wednesday.
The narrative of the offense report stated that a Lufkin PD officer was dispatched to the motel to check out a disturbance. When he got there, the LPD officer was told that the occupants of one of the rooms were possibly beating a dog.
After the officer made contact with Mosley, the sole occupant of the room, a small, tan-colored dog ran outside, the report stated. The dog ran between the LPD officer's legs, and Mosley allegedly tried to use a leash to pull the dog back into the room.
At that point, the Lufkin PD officer noticed that a black zip-tie had been placed around the dog's mouth and pulled so tight that the dog was unable to open its mouth.
"The dog appeared to be in a great deal of pain, and it could not use its mouth for anything," the report stated,
At that point, the LPD officer took Mosley into custody and put him in the back of his patrol unit. When the officer asked Mosley why he had zip-tied the dog's mouth, Mosley allegedly said he had done it to prevent the dog from biting the police officers on scene.
After the LPD officer told Mosley that he thought he was lying, Mosley said he would tell the truth and then said that he could not get the dog to stop barking, and he had already been warned by the motel's manager, the report stated.
"Mosley then advised that the zip-tie had been on the dog's mouth for approximately 10 minutes," the report stated.
Mosley was arrested at the scene and taken to the county jail.
After the zip-tie was removed from the dog's mouth, it was released into the custody of Lufkin Animal Control, the report stated.