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Thursday, Aug 16, 2012County: Roane
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Alleged: Jack Lee Chesser, Jr.
A Harriman man was arrested earlier in August after a report that he tossed a puppy out the window of a moving pickup truck.
Jack Lee Chesser, Jr., 41, was arrested on August 16 and charged with cruelty to animals.
A witness told a Roane County sheriff's officer he saw a black Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck stop and a man took a puppy from the back. When the truck began traveling and turned onto Sugar Grove Valley Road, the man threw the puppy out the passenger window.
The witness said he stopped and got the puppy out of a ditch, then drove to Ladd Landing Shopping Center to take it to a veterinarian. When he pulled in, he said he saw the truck and called law enforcement. Chesser was identified as the passenger.
The officer who responded wrote in his report that the puppy was "visibly shaken" and "covered in gasoline." He said Chesser also reeked of gasoline.
According to the report, Chesser kicked the side of the witness' vehicle and told the officer the puppy jumped out of the truck and he couldn't find it. He also denied the puppy was his.
Kingston police took the female puppy to a veterinarian who said it was severely shaken up, but had no broken bones or permanent injuries.
The puppy, a six-month-old German Shepherd mix, was turned over to Roane County Animal Control.
"She's a very lucky animal considering the fact the trauma she's been through and the cruelty," said Roane County Animal Shelter Director John Griffin.
"It doesn't happen often, but it's pretty sad when something like this does happen, when someone chooses to throw an animal out of a window and be cruel to it," said Tim Phillips, with the sheriff's office.
Chesser was booked and released from the Roane County Jail on a $500 bond. He's scheduled to be in court on October 1.
The witness declined to press any charges for the vandalism to his vehicle.
Chesser appears to have several animals living at his home in Harriman. He wasn't there when 6 News tried to contact him.
He's been arrested 42 times in Roane County, eight times this year alone. However, none of the other charges we found are for animal cruelty.
The puppy will be available for adoption starting Wednesday.
- WATE - Aug 21, 2012
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