Thursday, July 17 2014 9:49 AM EDT2014-07-17 13:49:05 GMT
The body of a homeless man was found Tuesday morning on the railroad tracks near Fifth Avenue and 16thStreet in Columbus. Muscogee County Coroner Buddy Bryan has identified the 62-year-old victim but saysMore >>
The body of a homeless man was found Tuesday morning on the railroad tracks near Fifth Avenue and 16thStreet in Columbus.More >>
Tuesday, July 22 2014 3:50 PM EDT2014-07-22 19:50:23 GMT
In a letter to the Alabama State University Board of Trustees Governor Robert Bentley asked that board chairman Elton Dean and vice-chairman Judge Marvin Wiggins resignMore >>
In two separate letters sent to the Alabama State University Board of Trustees Tuesday morning, Governor Robert Bentley asked that Board Chairman Elton Dean and Vice-Chairman Judge Marvin Wiggins resign. More >>
Tuesday, July 22 2014 3:24 PM EDT2014-07-22 19:24:05 GMT
The College Career Ready Performance Index or CCRPI starts measuring students in kindergarten and follows them to their senior year of high school.More >>
The College Career Ready Performance Index or CCRPI starts measuring students in kindergarten and follows them to their senior year of high school, determining how well-equipped they are to succeed in higher education and finding a good job.More >>
MADISON COUNTY, AL (WAFF) -
A dog that was dragged behind a pickup truck is recovering at an animal hospital, according to the Madison County Sheriff's Department.
Investigators said it happened near the 1400 block of Charity Lane over the weekend. Deputies said they received several calls and photos on Friday about the incident. Callers reported seeing a dog, chained to the back of a truck, being dragged down the road.
Police initially said it was unclear what actually happened, saying it is possible this was a terrible accident. Detectives interviewed witnesses and used the photos submitted to them in their search for the truck driver.
Sergeant Brian Chaffin and a veterinarian confirmed Monday night that the dog involved is not dead, but rather sustained superficial wounds and had no broken bones.
The dog's owner, Janet Hunter, said she has seen the photo of the dog being dragged and said it haunts her dreams.
"It wasn't animal cruelty. It was an honest mistake," she said.
Hunter said they've had the dog for five years, saying, "We love this dog. It is our family dog."
She said the dog was on a leash tied to the pickup, to keep her from running away. "The dog went to sleep under the truck. Normally she would come up wagging her tail, but she didn't," she said.
She said she and her boyfriend got in the car and drove away, and did not see the dog. After driving less than a mile, she said she realized what was happening and pulled over. "Next thing I know, he comes back, the dog is in the front seat of the car, she's bleeding, he carried her in," Hunter recalled.
Veterinarian Connor Sindel said the dog will bounce back completely.
"The owner was distraught because there was a lot of blood, but [the injuries] were not as serious as you may think that they would be," Sindel said.
Sindel said the dog's prognosis looks very good.
While the dog will make a full recovery, the owners worry they may not.
"The investigators told me straight up that he thinks I am lying to him and that he thinks this is an animal cruelty case," said Hunter. "But it is not. I swear on all four of my children's lives and my grandchild. This was an accident."
The sheriff's office said the matter is still under investigation.
Tuesday, July 22 2014 6:26 AM EDT2014-07-22 10:26:05 GMT
On Monday, July 21 at approximately 12:50 p.m., the Opelika Police Department received a call of a gunshot victim in the 500 block of Edmon Avenue. More >>
On Monday, July 21 at approximately 12:50 p.m., the Opelika Police Department received a call of a gunshot victim in the 500 block of Edmon Avenue. Upon arrival, they located a juvenile male suffering from a gunshot wound.More >>
Tuesday, July 22 2014 12:32 PM EDT2014-07-22 16:32:04 GMT
Families in Alabama and Georgia are gearing up to go back to school and getting ready for the annual tax-free weekend, which gives shoppers the opportunity to purchase certain school supplies, computers More >>
Families in Alabama and Georgia are gearing up to go back to school and getting ready for the annual tax-free weekend, which gives shoppers the opportunity to purchase certain school supplies, computers and clothing free of state sales tax.More >>