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Owner charged for abandoning dog who lost both legs, eye after getting hit by train in Southern Ohio

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Posted at 1:09 PM, Mar 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-25 13:09:56-04

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.