DENVER
01/19/2012 05:25 pm ET | Updated Jan 19, 2012

Eril Rael Pleaded Not Guilty To Animal Cruelty For Dragging His Dog To Death

An Alamosa man was charged with animal cruelty after he dragged his dog to death on the back of his pickup truck.

Eril Rael, the dog's owner, pleaded not guilty in court and says he did not know that the dog was still tied up to the bumper of of his truck when he was running late for "alcohol class."

"I contacted the driver, Eril Rael, and asked him about the dog. He said he was late to an alcohol class and forgot he had the dog tied up behind the truck. After his statement, he did not want to speak anymore,” Deputy Rod Payne told KDVR.

On Jan. 6, the day of the dragging, Alamosa Police said they received several calls complaining about the dog being roped by the neck to the back of the moving truck on Highway 160. The truck was equipped with an interlock device, according to 7News, which requires a breath sample before the driver can operate the vehicle to ensure sobriety.

By the time Rael had pulled over, the dog was almost skinned to the bone.

Rael was issued a ticket for Cruelty or Neglect of Animals but was not arrested at the time.

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