HAMILTON, Ohio — After receiving anonymous tips, the owner of a dog who lost both of his hind legs and one eye after being struck by a train earlier this month in Butler County was charged for abandoning the adorable 3-month-old puppy and the dog's sibling in a park, according to a post by the Butler County Sheriff's Office.
The owner, a 17-year-old from Hamilton, was charged with cruelty and abandoning animals, both misdemeanor crimes. News 5 is not naming the teen because they are a minor.
Butler County Sheriff Richard K. Jones said the teen admitted to abandoning the two puppies at around 10:30 p.m. on March 13, the same day the puppy was struck by a train.
“If the juvenile would have just taken the dogs to the shelter, Trooper may not be injured today. I am sure Trooper will find a great forever home but his limited quality of life could have been prevented if this individual made a better decision,” said Sheriff Jones in a Facebook post.
The dog, who has been aptly named “Trooper,” was brought to the animal clinic after he was struck by a train. Trooper is currently being fostered and continues his recovery.