BREWER, Maine — A man accused of dragging a dog behind a pickup truck also will face drug charges, Brewer police said Thursday.
The dog is a 6-month-old pit bull, a spokeswoman for the Bangor Humane Society said Thursday morning.
Police noticed illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia at the residence of Jeffrey Mayhew, 31, of Brewer while they were checking on the injured dog Wednesday, according to Brewer Public Safety Director Jason Moffitt.
In addition to the animal cruelty charge Mayhew was already charged with, he also was accused of possession of a usable amount of marijuana, unlawful possession of a Schedule Z drug and sale and use of drug paraphernalia, Moffitt said.
Mayhew was arrested on those charges after police went to his home, and he was taken to the Penobscot County Jail, Moffitt said.
The puppy, named Phoenix, suffered minor abrasions to his chest and injuries to his paws, and is healing at the Bangor Humane Society, Bangor Humane Society Director of Development and Public Relations Stacey Coventry said.
Coventry said applications for his adoption are currently not being accepted. Phoenix arrived at the humane society on Thursday morning.
“Our first priority is his recovery, keeping him safe, comfortable, loved and cared for during his healing,” Coventry said. “He’s been legally surrendered by the previous owner to us.”
Because of the impact of the dragging, Phoenix has no paw pads and his feet are fully bandaged, but he has been affectionate since arriving at the Bangor Humane Society.
“He came in very sweet and affectionate considering what he’s been through,” Coventry said.
The investigation ensued when a Penobscot County sheriff’s deputy was flagged down by a witness reporting a leashed dog was being dragged behind a pickup truck on Wilson Street. Mayhew had taken the dog to a local emergency veterinary clinic for treatment, and it was released to his custody.
After Mayhew’s arrest, the dog was taken into custody by Brewer police, and Mayhew surrendered it voluntarily, Moffitt said.
Many people have called asking to adopt the injured puppy, Moffitt said.
“Everybody wants to adopt this dog,” said Moffitt, who owns two dogs. “We have been flooded with calls.”
The injured dog had cuts on its paws and legs but is safe, the public safety director said.
“We cared about this dog from the first moment,” Moffitt said, adding that several officers handled the case and “kept up the pressure,” which led to the charges.
In addition to local people, Brewer police have had numerous offers from rescue organizations to adopt the dog.
“We will be working with our animal control partners to find a caring home where the owners have been properly vetted,” Moffitt said.
According to Bangor Daily News archives, Mayhew has an extensive history of dealing with local law enforcement.
In the spring of 2012, Mayhew was arrested twice in a span of a month, both times on domestic violence charges, and was again arrested on a domestic violence charge in August of that year.
Mayhew also has drug charges from 2011 on his rap sheet.
Those wishing to make donations to aid in Phoenix’s care can do so by calling the Bangor Humane Society at 942-8902.
BDN writer Nok-Noi Ricker contributed to this report.