The video shows a dog chained to the top of a crate which is being towed by an SUV driving at least 70 miles per hour, according to ABC News.
Brenna Cronin of Palm Coast captured the footage Wednesday while driving with her boyfriend along I-95 in Flagler County, Fox 13 reported.
As of Thursday afternoon, the Facebook video has been viewed more than 500,000 times, with hundreds of people expressing outrage over the dog’s condition in comments.
Flagler Animal Services, which is leading the investigation and working with the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office, said the dog, a Blue American Pitbull Terrier named Zeus, had a single tether attached to the box and he was riding on top.
He didn’t want to speak on camera but he claims he did nothing wrong and said the dog prefers to ride on top of the cage instead of inside with the other animals that are visible in the video. It’s been shared thousands of times, and officials with Flagler Humane Society opened an investigation.
The man who said he was the dog’s owner told the station the pit bull wasn’t a fighting dog, but a hunting dog he uses to hunt hogs.
There are about a dozen dogs on the property, and officers from Saint Johns County Animal Control also visited to investigate, Carotenuto said.
The original post also stated that the dog has an “S” carved into its leg.
It is unclear from the video if the dog is properly restrained, based on this ordinance.
“He had no bad intentions”. At minimum, Zeus’ owner faces a ticket and fine under the Flagler County Ordinance, Ritter said.
St. Johns County, and authorities are looking into the well-being of the dog.
“Don’t you have something better to do?” the owner said.
The authorities eventually tracked down the dog’s owner, who cooperated with the investigation and agreed to a wellness check. “It’s risky for them as well as you and other drivers”.