In 2015 Dalvin Cook was cited for animal cruelty.
"Animal control officer Sheree Mifflin “observed three puppies (one aged eight months and two that were just two months old) … tethered directly around the neck by a heavy chain. The dogs were unable to move and the smaller puppies were choking. I had to remove them for their safety.”"
I’m not going to question the officer’s description, but it would have been great to have some pictures for support.
Where I grew up it was not uncommon for young teenagers to have a litter of puppies in this manner. I honestly think Cook did not view this as animal cruelty, but was the norm in the environment where he grew up.
It doesn’t excuse the situation at all, but it does add context.