DENVER - A man who ditched his dog -- not once, but twice -- has been cited for animal cruelty and neglect, according to Denver Animal Control.
Daniel Sohn, 31, is scheduled to appear in Denver court on July 2, an Animal Control official said Wednesday.
RTV6 sister station 7NEWS first reported that 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 at his parent's Aurora home for an exclusive interview on Tuesday.
"Yes, that is my car and my dog," Sohn told Hendrickson when she showed him the photo. "I actually dropped him off and he followed me because we have a bit of a bond."
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.
"Is he still alive? I’m sure he is," Sohn said.
See Sohn's full explanation of why he tried to leave his dog. We have attached the full 30-minute raw interview (above) with Sohn to this story.
WATCH: Nat'l Guard returns home to Indiana fams
Tearful reunions marked the return of 10 National Guard soldiers to their Indiana home on Wednesday.
Classic cars to tout Indiana festival
Dozens of classic car owners are driving around Indiana to promote the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival near Fort Wayne this weekend.
IMPD: Infant abducted, Amber Alert issued
Police said a baby boy was in extreme danger in a statewide Amber Alert case that began Wednesday.
Indiana gets grant to fight bat disease
Indiana will receive $36,500 from the federal government in hopes of curbing the spread of white-nose syndrome, a fungus that can be fatal to…
Purdue students get funds for Africa projects
Two teams of Purdue University students have been awarded nearly $20,000 for projects intended to boost an African village's water supply and…
Explosion at Indiana BP refinery felt miles away
An explosion sparked a fire at the same Indiana BP refinery that saw roughly 1,600 gallons of oil spilled into Lake Michigan last spring.