- Colorado, USA -
Denver Police have now in custody 24-year-old JACOB RAFFIT IBARRA (pictured below).
IBARRA was arrested on Friday, March 12, in connection with a dog being dragged behind a truck.
The incident happened on the afternoon of Monday, March 1.
The truck was traveling southbound on South Platte River Drive at West Mississippi Avenue at a speed of least 45 mph, according to witnesses.
FOX 31 reports that one of those witnesses, Shaun Kandalec, said: “I then pulled out behind the vehicle honking profusely to try to get hint to stop thinking maybe he didn’t know what was going on.”
When the truck eventually stopped, the driver and passenger got out, looked at the dog and then took off leaving the furbaby behind.
Shaun told FOX 31: “It’s still kind of hard to wrap my head around everything truly a sad situation. They just took off after seeing the dog taking its last couple of breaths. No emotions. They just took off. It was heartbreaking.”
Mechanics at a nearby shop tried to help the furbaby and wrapped him in a sheet.
FOX 31 said the dog looked pretty bad and chose to not publish the pictures due to the graphic nature.
The furbaby had been tied to the passenger side of the truck and during the time he was being dragged, the leash snapped.
It was a red harness that was still on him when he was taken to an animal hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Witnesses gave the police a description of the evil subjects who were riding the truck and police distributed pictures of the vehicle and its plate.
Shaun had also posted closeup pictures of the pickup truck on his Facebook page, and there was immediate outrage as people began sharing the images in hopes of identifying the driver.
According to The Denver Channel, on March 9, police received a tip about the subject responsible for dragging the dog and gave police his name and phone number.
The anonymous tipper further revealed that the individual was hiding the truck involved in the case and was trying to get rid of it.
The phone number given to police in fact belonged to IBARRA who lived on E. 82nd Avenue in Commerce City.
When police went to the address, they saw a vehicle in a yard behind a locked gate.
According to the affidavit, the vehicle had been spray-painted black, including the red tailgate, and did not have a license plate, otherwise, it matched the description provided by the witnesses.
Officers also discovered a temporary Colorado tag with the numbers provided by the witnesses.
The truck was confiscated.
CBS Denver reports that police said: “Thanks to a Metro Denver Crime Stoppers tip, investigators were able to locate the vehicle and identify Ibarra as the suspect.”
The Denver District Attorney's Office said IBARRA has been charged with two counts of animal cruelty and tampering with evidence.
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