- Associated Press - Friday, December 23, 2016

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) - A Georgia animal services official says a Gainesville man tied a dog to railroad tracks and left it to be killed by a train. But the man’s lawyer says that’s not so.

Hall County Animal Services director Mike Ledford says Gerardo Damian-Rosas was arrested on a felony charge of aggravated animal cruelty for what Ledford calls “an egregious act of cruelty against a defenseless animal.”

Defense attorney Mike Weaver told the Gainesville Times (https://bit.ly/2i0aoJ1 ) on Tuesday that as he understands it, Ledford’s account is wrong.

He says he’s still investigating, but believes “there’s a lot of misunderstanding.”

Ledford says authorities were called last month about a dog on the tracks. He says Damian-Rosas was arrested Dec. 1 and released on bond the following day.

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