LINDENWALD, Ohio (WCMH) — A puppy is on the road to recovery and his teenage owner has been charged after the dog was hit by a train.
According to the Butler County Sheriff’s Office, about 10:30 p.m. on March 13, two 3-month-old puppies were abandoned at a park in Lindenwald, Ohio.
Later that same day, one of the puppies — now named Trooper — was hit by a train, causing the dog to lose both its hind legs and one eye. The other puppy was found later in the city of Fairfield.
After the dog was found, deputies began receiving tips that the puppies had been abandoned in the park by a 17-year-old from Hamilton.
Deputies said the teen admitting to abandoning the dogs in the park.
“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 Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones.
The juvenile was charged with cruelty and abandoning animals, both misdemeanor charges. Trooper is currently being fostered and is still recovering.