OKLAHOMA CITY – A metro man is behind bars and his dog was taken away from him after several witnesses said he was abusing the animal.
Friday afternoon, Michael Montgomery was shopping inside Special Ops Uniforms at N.W. 10th St. and May Ave.
He said he looked out to see a man hitting a dog on the head at the bus stop on 10th St.
“He reached down and grabbed the leash and actually jerked the puppy, dog, towards him and in doing that, it came up off the ground and its head hit the metal bus bench,” Montgomery said.
Montgomery went outside to talk to the man and saw something even more disturbing.
“I saw him pick the dog up by the leash up off the ground,” he said. “It was several feet off the ground and then he stuffed it down into a little backpack.”
Montgomery said he told the man to take the dog out of the backpack but the man refused and took off walking.
So Montgomery followed while calling police.
“I guess I made a citizen’s arrest is what they told me,” Montgomery said.
Larry Foster, 57, was arrested on charges of animal cruelty and public drunkenness.
The little dog was taken to the Oklahoma City Animal Shelter where he remains.
Montgomery is an EMSA paramedic used to helping people.
He’s glad he was in a position Friday to help the little dog.
“Anybody I would hope that would see it would do something,” he said. “It just, it wasn’t right. He was abusing that animal.”
Employees inside Special Ops who witnessed the abuse said they were also glad Montgomery intervened.
“Well a dog is like a family member,” Rachel Lopez said. “I mean, you don’t treat your kids that way, you don’t treat your family members so, the dog is so loyal, why treat a dog like that either?”
Even sitting in a shelter with an uncertain future, his rescuers said they feel the little dog is better off there than with an abusive owner.