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POLICE: Dog owner dragged his leashed chihuahua through McCarran airport

David Updike (LVMPD/KSNV)

Travelers at McCarran International Airport say a man dragged his tiny, 7-pound dog by a leash.

Neighbors of 50-year-old David Updike are responding to allegations he dragged his chihuahua named "Chase" through Terminal One.

A three-page arrest report says an officer heard travelers screaming, "he's killing the dog!" Wendy Kaplan says she's seen the 50-year-old walk "Chase" around their condominium complex.

"It's a tragedy what they go through. They have feelings. They love as strongly as we do. I think we need education on it," says Kaplan.

The police report goes on to say Updike, who is hearing impaired, claims he was in the bathroom when he missed his flight. Updike admitted he was upset when he got back to the gate and found the doors closed.

He then dragged Chase away, with the leash, according to police.

Witnesses saw Chase panting and gasping for air. Police ended up arresting Updike for animal torture, as well as four active warrants. Two of them, according to court documents, were for leaving Chase in a hot car in 2015.

"To let that man get away with what he did which he had for a while is a travesty," said Kaplan.

The police report says when questioned further, Updike nonchalantly shrugged about dragging his dog by the leash. Kaplan hopes her neighbor receives a just punishment.

"I’m glad they are finally enforcing the laws on abuse with animals," said Kaplan. "If we don't enforce them, it's going to continue."

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