DENVER - A man who ditched his dog at an animal shelter, only to have the dog follow him home, has pleaded guilty to animal cruelty.
Daniel Sohn, 31, was fined $571 for the charge. However, officials told 7NEWS $400 of that fine was suspended, so Sohn only has to pay $171.
A witness snapped a photo of the dog chasing his owner's car down the street, after Sohn tried to leave the dog at the Denver Animal Shelter twice in the same day.
7NEWS reporter Molly Hendrickson tracked Sohn down after the incident in May.
Sohn he admitted it was his car and dog in the photo.
"I actually dropped him off and he followed me because we have a bit of a bond," Sohn said.
He said he took his dog, named Bronson, to the shelter to surrender him. Sohn had adopted the dog last October at the shelter.
"Well, I didn't ditch him. I actually dropped my dog off at the shelter where I did pick him up at. I actually gave my dog a choice if he wanted to be with me or possibly find an owner he might feel better with," Sohn said.
7NEWS learned Sohn tried to drop the dog off at the animal shelter but balked when he was asked to fill out paperwork to surrender the dog. Sohn then ran out the door of the lobby with his dog in pursuit.
Witnesses said Sohn jumped in his car and took off, at one point hitting the dog before picking him up again and eventually taking him back to the shelter a second time before, again, leaving without filling out the paperwork.
"I didn't accidentally hit him," he said. "He jumped in front of my car but I felt he was triggered to do so as if, like, he was a mechanism of the surrounding people."
Witnesses said the second time Sohn ran out the front door, the dog followed him and was last seen chasing Sohn's car down the street.
Sohn says he eventually drove to Los Angeles where Bronson jumped out of his car at a gas station in Beverly Hills.
"He's a stray and some dogs just stray and he's probably onto the next owner," Sohn said. "Is he still alive? I’m sure he is."
See Sohn's full explanation of why he tried to leave his dog. We have attached the full 30-minute raw interview with Sohn to this story (posted above).