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A Bartow County law enforcement agency has closed its investigation into how a dog was dragged by a truck nearly two miles to its death, but animal welfare groups are “digging deeper” in an investigation of their own.

Bartow County Sheriff officials maintained Monday that the dog’s death was accidental, dismissing allegations of neglect or abuse and confirming no charges would be filed against the driver.

The animal had been tied to the rear bumper of a truck that was subsequently driven nearly two miles — from an Old Rome Residence to the Dollar General, located at 32 Cochran St. in Kingston — Saturday night.

Witnesses and Rome-based Animal Rescue Foundation volunteers contended the driver was careless and neglectful, but Sgt. Jonathan Rogers of the sheriff’s office disagreed.

“Negligence would be if the dog wasn’t fed or getting enough water,” he said, adding that…

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