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By DAVID BEACH, Associated Press DALLAS (AP) A pet-truck driver has been arrested and charged with animal cruelty after a family of six had to be rescued from a dog bandana.

A Texas man who owned the dogs, including a pit bull, said he was “heartbroken” to learn that one of the dogs was dead.

The family was trapped with the dog’s body in a trash can near their home in Denton on Monday afternoon.

A local sheriff’s deputy spotted the dead dog and called for help.

Sheriff’s Deputy Thomas Dees says he was driving his truck on Highway 290 in Dienhart when he noticed the truck had fallen off the road.

Dees said he saw the dog and thought it was an animal.

Deeds said he and the driver of the truck saw the dead animal and tried to get it to safety.

The deputy says he then got out of his truck and called a neighbor to come pick up the dog.

The dog was later found dead in the trash can.

Deans mother says he took the dog to a veterinarian who said the dog had been injured in the accident.

Deees family said he took to Facebook to post his story and to ask others to share their stories of the dog bandanna incident.

Deies family says he has four pit bulls and a dog named Dixie.

He also has two black lab mixes and a Siberian husky.

His daughter posted photos of him holding Dixie’s dead body.

His wife posted on Facebook, saying, “Just wanted to let you know that our sweet and loving dog Dixie was rescued and returned home safe and sound.

She is now at home with her loving family.

Please be sure to visit our Facebook page and share our story so others can see our love for Dixie.”

The family’s Facebook page also included photos of their dog.

A message left with a local dog rescue agency was not immediately returned.

Debs’ brother posted a message of his own on Facebook saying, “This is the worst experience that I’ve ever been through in my life.

I never imagined that I would have to endure this.

I hope that everyone who saw this incident and shared it will be strong for our family.”

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