AUSTIN (KXAN) — An arrest warrant is out for a man who allegedly dragged his dog down the street by its collar in South Austin until its paws bled, according to Austin police.
According to the arrest affidavit, on January 10 a witness saw the suspect, 31-year old Clayton Kendall Proctor, yelling at and scolding the dog, a labrador dachshund mix named Bentley, at the track and field at Zilker Elementary. The witness also told police he saw Proctor push Bentley’s head into the ground.
The witness reported that he watched as Proctor drag Bentley off down the road by the collar since he did not have a leash with him. According to the witness, he began to follow Proctor and Bentley and offered to help carry the dog, only to be cursed at by Proctor. He said he followed Proctor and Bentley for about 0.36 miles.
About halfway into the dragging incident, another witness joined to try and get Proctor to stop dragging the dog, according to the affidavit. The first witness told officers that Bentley was resisting the entire time and at one point went completely limp.
At the 1900 block of Anita Drive, the first witness noticed blood coming from the dog’s paws. He told officers that is when he stepped in to get Proctor to stop. The witness alleges that when he intervened Proctor took a swing at him and he, a trained mixed martial artist, defended himself by putting Proctor in a hold from behind.
Additional witnesses arrived on the scene and called the police. The man holding Proctor told him he would release him from the hold if he left the dog with them. Proctor agreed and left to go home.
Proctor returned to the scene when officers were there and admitted to them that he dragged the dog since he did not have a leash. He told them Bentley ran away from home as he was leaving for work. The officer learned that Proctor had a previous warrant for driving with an invalid license and was arrested.
Bentley was brought to the Austin Animal Center and was treated for abrasions and open wounds on his rear paws. The doctor examining Bentley determined he was cruelly treated and applied a civil seizure to remove the dog from Proctor’s care.
Bentley was placed in the ACC’s care and has since been adopted.
Police have filed an arrest warrant for Proctor on a charge for cruelty to a non-livestock animal.