LA PLANTA COUNTY, Colo. (NBC) -- Durango, Colo. is known for being a dog-friendly city, but what one resident is accused of doing is leaving others upset.

A citation filed at La Plata County Combined Court by the La Plata County Animal Control Department has only one sentence to describe the sentence: "German Shep. type dog found in vehicle with with its mouth duct-taped shut."

According to a complaint and summons obtained, Thomas Ethridge is accused of leaving his dog with his mouth taped in his car in the Durango Rec Center parking lot on July 18.

Reached by phone, Ethridge said the dog is OK and still in his custody.

That could change on August 23, when he'll face a judge. According to the Durango Herald, the dog could be seized and Ethridge could face six to 18 months in prison and a fine of up to $5,000, or a combination thereof.

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