Man sentenced in Summit dog-dragging death
A man who was convicted earlier this year of negligence in dragging a dog to death behind his vehicle was sentenced to 60 days in jail, 30 which are suspended. It was the stashing of the dog’s body near a trash bin and fleeing the scene that the judge cited in ordering jail time.Randy Dean Randels, an Evergeen resident who also lives in Iowa, was previously convicted of animal cruelty for dragging the dog from Green Mountain Reservoir to Silverthorne. According to the dog’s owner and other witnesses who testified at the trial, Randels was camping last year with a group of people at Green Mountain Reservoir. To fend off raccoons that had raided the campsite the previous night – and with Randel’s permission – the dog’s owner, Evergreen resident Alex Jaeckel, had tied the dog’s leash to the passenger-side door handle of Randel’s vehicle.Randels reportedly left in his vehicle sometime near 3:30 a.m. Other campers in the group yelled at Randels as he left, trying to make him aware the dog, Misha, a Rottweiler, was still tied to the vehicle.Randels stopped at the 7-Eleven store in Silverthorne where a passer-by alerted him to the dog, which by that time, was dead. Campers in the party soon followed, trailing the blood and flesh trail on Highway 9 to the convenience store. They found the dog’s body near the store’s trash bin and took it back to the campsite, later burying it.Randels was also sentenced to two years of supervised probation, 200 hours of community service, more than $600 in fines, and was ordered to attend animal abuse therapy classes and substance abuse classes.