Deputies seek man who allegedly dragged a dog behind his truck

Deputies are searching for a Florida man who dragged a dog behind his truck.

Over the weekend, a pit bull was found covered in scrapes and cuts after being dragged by a truck down Northcliffe Boulevard in Spring Hill. While being dragged, the dog came loose and flew into the median. 

Thankfully, Oliver was found and brought to Nature Coast Animal Wellness & Surgical Center for treatment. He is now healing and is expected to make a full recovery. He will be put up for adoption once healthy. 

The Hernando County Sheriff's Office says that although a suspect was not immediately identified, deputies have now identified Oliver's owner as 58-year-old Gregory Tousignant. 

Witnesses reportedly said that it appeared that Tousignant was unaware that Oliver jumped out of the bed of his truck. However, it is illegal to carry any pet in the bed of a truck that is not properly secured and prevented from jumping out of the moving vehicle.

An arrest warrant has been issued for Tousignant on a misdemeanor charge of Cruelty to Animals, which carries a $1,000 bond.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Hernando County Sheriff's Office at 352-754-6830.

This story was written out of Orlando, Florida.