ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – An East St. Louis woman has been found guilty and sentenced in the case of a puppy which was dragged down Interstate 55.

41-year-old Benetta Johnson was sentenced to two years of probation and 150 hours of community service. She had waived a jury trial so her case was heard by St. Louis Circuit Judge Theresa Counts Burke.

Johnson had been charged with misdemeanor animal abuse. Investigators say when she asked her 13-year-old son to return the puppy to her ex-husband on November 19, 2012 the boy tied it to the back of Victor Washington’s pickup. Washington didn’t see it the next morning and drove off, dragging the puppy down I-55 for over a mile and a half.

The puppy, now named “Trooper,” is in a foster home and improving.

“The Humane Society of Missouri believes the guilty verdict in the Trooper animal abuse case is absolutely fitting,” Debbie Hill, vice president of operations for the Humane Society of Missouri, said in a release. “We believe there is no excuse for animal abuse and will continue to seek justice on behalf of all victims without voices.”


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