- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 2, 2003

Fairfax County police made an arrest yesterday in the case of a dog that was dragged behind a car.

Police officials said they arrested Jeong Oh, 48, of Sterling, Va., after she arrived at the county animal shelter to meet with detectives.

Officers were tipped off when Mrs. Oh’s husband came to the shelter Tuesday to claim the dog, which he thought had run away.

They also received a flood of calls from witnesses who reported that a car had dragged the Jack Russell terrier by its leash along the 1300 block of Carper Farm Way on Saturday at about 9 a.m.

“People are outraged, interested and wanting to set up a reward fund,” said Officer Cheryl Farrell, a spokeswoman for Fairfax County Police Department.

Among those offering a reward was People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. The animal-rights group offered $5,000 on Tuesday for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the dog’s injuries.

Callers were also interested in adopting the dog, which had a red nylon collar but no tags.

Police said Mrs. Oh continued to drag the dog as witnesses screamed for her to stop.

Witnesses told police the car stopped after pulling the dog about 500 feet. The woman then got out and unhooked the dog’s leash from the passenger-side door before driving away, leaving behind the injured animal.

The terrier, named Charger, had injuries to his paws and hind legs. He was treated at Great Falls Hospital and is recovering at the Fairfax County Animal Shelter.

Mrs. Oh is charged with animal cruelty and animal abandonment. She faces up to a year in jail and $2,500 in fines.

Police would not comment on a motive.

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