BARNHART, Mo. — An eastern Missouri man now faces charges accusing him of binding a dog's legs and mouth with tape and throwing the animal into a ditch, where it was found 12 hours later in bitter cold temperatures.
According to a press release, Jefferson County Sheriff Dave Marshak on Thursday announced the arrest and charges against Paul Garcia of Barnhart, 39, of Barnhart, Missouri.
He is jailed on $50,000 bond on charges of animal abuse and armed criminal action.
The small dog was found early Saturday along Highway M in Jefferson County.
Marshak says electrical and duct tape was wrapped around the dog's mouth and muzzle; the dog's front and back legs were also bound together by tape.
A deputy found the dog.
According to a recent Facebook post, the rescued black and brown dachshund, named Jimmy, is improving.
Authorities believe Jimmy had been at the spot for around 12 hours before he was discovered.