A dog's collar and chain leash were found on the passenger side of a vehicle allegedly used to drag a dog to its death, a Lexington police officer testified Tuesday.
Driver Vincent O'Bryan, 33, and passenger Jesse Durham, 28, allegedly were intoxicated when they attached the dog, named Bella, to the vehicle.
Both men appeared before Fayette District Judge Kim Wilkie Tuesday, and animal torture and other charges against them were sent to a grand jury for review. Durham's bond was set at $5,000.
Residents in the Winchester Road area reported the dragging to police July 15.
O'Bryan and Durham were arrested that night on Wanda Way in north Lexington, and the dog's body was found near Kingston Road, more than 2 miles away. The dog's body was horribly disfigured, police said.
Police said the dog's owner died about a week ago, and they are uncertain how the dog ended up in O'Bryan's possession.
Lexington-Fayette Animal Care and Control assisted police on the scene at O'Bryan's home and said they took eight animals into custody, according to WKYT.
Durham denied knowing that there was a dog behind the car.
In addition to first-degree animal torture, O'Bryan was charged with intoxication, terroristic threatening and disorderly conduct. Durham was charged with animal torture and intoxication.
Both O'Bryan and Durham are Lexington residents according to court documents and a WKYT report. O'Bryan lives on Charelston Court, the records show.
O'Bryan has previously been convicted of assault, domestic violence and public intoxication according to court documents.
Durham has previously been convicted of drug possession in Jefferson County, according to court documents and the judge.