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Dog Dragging Leads to Pet's Death, Man's Arrest

The chihuahua was so badly injured it had to be put to sleep; its owner has been charged with felony animal cruelty.

A man who dragged his pet chihuahua down the sidewalk and so severely it that the dog had to be euthanized has been charged with aggravated cruelty to animals.

Witnesses who saw William J. Heric, 51, violently pulling his two female chihuahuas down the street at about 10:20 a.m. Wednesday called Joliet police and were able to flag down Officer Moises Avila, according to a story in the Joliet Herald-News.   

When Avila spotted Heric near Cass and Briggs streets, he was carrying one of the dogs, which was bleeding from his front paws, chin and mouth, he said. The dog was unable to stand and was twitching and shaking, leading Avila to conclude it had neurological damage and would need to be put to sleep, he told the paper.

The second dog was confiscated and Heric arrested, the report said.

Heric remains held in the in lieu of $20,000 bond.

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Tammy Prouty Lewkowicz August 27, 2012 at 04:25 PM
this is horrible. I'm with Michelle, abobe, What a bastard!
misshelpfull August 28, 2012 at 01:19 AM
20,000 dollars bail! That's it! WTF is wrong with our system! We r turning into a 3rd world country! Sooo very sad!
gina davis August 28, 2012 at 06:27 AM
what, there were people who witnessed this and didn't STOP HIM? OMG what a bunch of useless zombies! you see a dog being DRAGGED and all you do is call the cops? WTF i would've kicked his teeth in and proudly gone to jail for it, as long as i saved the poor dog! the reason this kind of thing goes on is because no one does anything about it. no one stands up to evil because everyone is so chicken shit! i hate this world!
lorelei heric May 06, 2013 at 12:33 AM
to michelle l, you would need to know the whole store about this man. I am one of his unfortunate ex wives, he treated me the same way he treated that dog. he had some serious mental issues and is a psychopath! he has been in and out of jail for domestic abuse, dui, drug possession, theft... he is a mess. a huge shame someone with so much potential went so wrong.... you can thank cocaine for that
lorelei heric May 06, 2013 at 12:34 AM
to michelle l, you would need to know the whole store about this man. I am one of his unfortunate ex wives, he treated me the same way he treated that dog. he had some serious mental issues and is a psychopath! he has been in and out of jail for domestic abuse, dui, drug possession, theft... he is a mess. a huge shame someone with so much potential went so wrong.... you can thank cocaine for that

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