Timothy Sams Dragged Dog Behind Car To 'Discipline' Animal: Cops

03/10/2015 05:26 pm ET | Updated Mar 10, 2015

A Tennessee man accused of dragging a dog behind his car and then running over it was trying to "discipline" the animal, according to officers.

Timothy Sams, 42, was arrested Sunday afternoon after a witness filmed the alleged incident and reported it to the La Vergne Police Department, the Tennessean reports.

At one point during the incident, Sams drove over the dog's leg, according to

The person who called police also followed Sams to his home and waited until officers arrived, according to WGNS Radio.

Sams allegedly refused to come to the door for around 90 minutes. When he did come out of the house, officers said he resisted arrested when taken into custody.

During questioning, Sams allegedly told officers he had been trying to discipline the animal, but didn't elaborate.

Detectives said Sams' car was in the garage with a chain wrapped around the driver's side mirror, reports.

The dog who had been dragged was also in the garage. Another dog was tied to a cinder block behind the house without food, water or shelter, police said.

Amazingly, the dog that Sams allegedly dragged down the road did not suffer broken bones, Shea Davis of Rutherford PAWS, a local pet adoption service, told

Sams was taken to the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center and charged with aggravated animal cruelty and resisting arrest.

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