TROY, Ohio (AP) — Authorities have arrested a couple charged with animal cruelty for allegedly leaving four Labrador Retriever-mix puppies near a western Ohio bridge.
Miami County authorities say the Piqua couple missed a court appearance Tuesday and were arrested and released on their own recognizance. Court records show 36-year-old Shonda Lee charged with animal cruelty and failure to license a dog and 29-year-old Steven Bixler charged with multiple counts of abandoning animals and animal cruelty.
The Dayton Daily News reports a deputy heard the puppies Nov. 9 and a car speeding away. The newspaper reports two puppies were dropped about 15 feet over a guard rail along the bank of the Great Miami River and two were on the roadside. None were seriously injured.
There were no telephone listings for Bixler or Lee.
Information from: Dayton Daily News, http://www.daytondailynews.com