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Puppy found in logging truck remains in critical condition

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Danny Gonzalez (Source: Bullitt County Detention Center) Danny Gonzalez (Source: Bullitt County Detention Center)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A puppy found inside a logging truck Friday morning remains in critical condition, according to the Louisville Metro Department of Animal Services.

LMAS says the eight-week-old puppy -- possibly a Shepherd mix -- is alive, but not doing well. 

Authorities say the puppy was found in the logging truck driven by Danny Gonzalez last Friday, after he allegedly "snapped" and drove several vehicles off the road.

According to a news release from the Bullitt County Sheriff's Office, it happened at about 6:30 Friday morning, when Bullitt Central Dispatch began receiving phone calls about a semi-truck hauling landscaping timbers that was "driving erratically" and running vehicles off the road in the northbound lanes of I-65, near exit 112.

Authorities say the driver of the truck was 50-year-old Danny Gonzalez, of Harlingen, Texas.

Gonzalez hit a truck, causing it to crash into a cable barrier, then got off at the Brooks exit (Exit 121) before going west on Brooks Hill Road, according to the news release.

At this point, Gonzalez allegedly ran a white Cadillac off the roadway, then intentionally rammed the Cadillac in the rear of the vehicle, "causing significant damage."

The Bullitt County Sheriff's Office says Gonzalez then drove northbound on Knob Creek Road and into Jefferson County. When he reached the intersection of Top Hill Road and Goff Lane, he allegedly ran over street signs and a stop sign, before his truck became stuck in a field.

"A Bullitt County Deputy pulled up and ordered Gonzalez out of the truck," the news release states. "He initially did not comply. Eventually, the Deputy was able to take him into custody. Gonzalez stated he just 'snapped' and was tired of people messing with truck drivers. He also made statements that he was told he had to continue to work and he did not want to."

Gonzalez was arrested and charged with wanton endangerment, criminal mischief and leaving the scene of an accident. He was then taken to the Bullitt County Detention Center, where he is currently incarcerated. 

The puppy was allegedly found inside his logging truck during the investigation. Louisville Metro Animal Services says it has begun an animal cruelty case against Gonzalez related to the puppy.

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