A 17-year-old boy who Butler County Sheriff Richard K. Jones said abandoned a puppy that was struck by a train has been charged with cruelty and abandoning animals, both misdemeanor charges.
Because he is a juvenile, officials are not identifying him.
Jones said dog wardens received anonymous tips about who owned the puppy, which lost both hind legs in the incident. The boy, from Hamilton, abandoned the 3-month-old dog, Trooper, and his sibling around 10:30 p.m. on March 13, the same day the it was struck.
“If the juvenile would have just taken the dogs to the shelter, Trooper may not be injured today,” Jones said. “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.”
The other puppy was found in Fairfield.
Trooper continues to recover and is available for adoption.