A puppy is on the road to recovery and his teenage owner has been charged after the dog was struck by a train.
According to the Butler County Sheriff’s Office, about 10:30pm, March 13, two 3-month-old puppies were abandoned at a park in Lindenwald.
Later that same day, one of the puppies, now named Trooper, was struck by a train, causing the dog to lose both its hind legs, and one eye. The other puppy was later located 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 juvenile from Hamilton.
Deputies say 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 K. Jones.
The juvenile was charged with cruelty and abandoning animals, both misdemeanor charges. Trooper is currently being fostered and continues recovery