Man accused of driving with dog tied to car

A New Jersey driver claimed he

Officer Michael Carlino spotted Roxy being dragged behind the Toyota in Middletown.

HIGHLANDS, N.J. (WPIX) - A New Jersey man was charged with animal cruelty after police said he drove down a street with his dog tied to his car.

Officer Michael Carlino spotted the 1-year-old Chihuahua mix, named Roxy, being dragged behind the Toyota in Middletown.

The driver, 49-year-old Keith Guastamacchia, was pulled over.

Guastamacchia claimed he let the dog outside the car to relieve herself while he finished a phone conversation with a friend.

The man said he "forgot" the dog was still tied outside the car when he drove off.

Guastamacchia was arrested but has since been released with a summons to appear in court.

Roxy is being treated at a local animal hospital for her injuries.

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