Man Arrested for Animal Abuse

(WVLT) - Investigators in Pulaski County, Kentucky are dealing with what they say is one of the worst cases of animal cruelty they've ever seen.

Police arrested 30 year-old Ronald Turner Monday for nearly killing an 8 month-old puppy.

Police say Turner hit, choked, and slammed the labrador to the ground and also rolled a dog house on top of the puppy.

A neighbor caught the entire thing on tape.

Officers that have seen it say it's very difficult to watch.

"The officers who have seen it, just about every one was emotional moved by it," said Detective Shannon Smith with the Somerset Police. "To see somebody physically abuse, intentionally abuse, an animal like this, we're not use to this, it was difficult to watch."

The dog, named Romeo, is now recovering at Pulaski County animal control with scars and injuries to his throat.

If he's convicted of animal cruelty, Turner could receive up to a year in jail.

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  • by Marie Location: Knoxville on Jul 21, 2007 at 09:57 AM
    The laws in this state are pathetic. It says he could receive UP TO a year in jail -- meaning he could walk, even if convicted. I could see him getting frustrated by the dog and hitting it once or twice -- a reasonable amount of corporal punishment (not that I agree w/hitting animals or children, but I understand some people do)... but to roll a doghouse on it?? to slam it into the ground? that is psychotic behavior.... I guarantee he's done the same to old girlfriends and God forbid he ever have a child of his own. Please contact your state reps by email and ask them to propose stiffer legislation for animal abusers in Tennessee. Look at Jeffrey Dahmer and other serial killers -- they were all animal abusers before they moved on to human beings. This guy is no different.
  • by deedee davis Location: canada on Jun 14, 2007 at 02:57 PM
    lock it up and throw away the key , he will do nothing for society. here's hoping the animal ends up on a good home, and the creature who did this should never be allowed to own any other animals.
  • by Myra Location: White Pine on Jun 12, 2007 at 08:27 PM
    This man has no feelings. He would be dangerous around children and women. Was he abused as a child? This is not normal.
  • by Sonya Location: Knoxville, Tn on Jun 12, 2007 at 11:46 AM
    If a person mistreats an animal, its not long before he mistreats a human. He should be do ne the exact way he treated that dog And people ask me why I have more compassion for animals than I do humans. I have a dog and a cat.....and God help anyone that hurts them I also have a 11 month old granddaughter, and we are teaching her to love animals. Its not something your born with, its something your taught.
  • by Shirley Location: Hendersonville Tennessee on Jun 12, 2007 at 10:24 AM
    I think this man should fry in hell as far as I am concerned. I don't get people like this. Animals are loyal and loving. What does the US need to do to deter people from believing they can beat the **** out of a pet? We need stiffer laws for sick people like this and Michael Vick. Animals are a blessing to someones life not a disposable product for us to torment given our daily moods! This man needs to get counseling and serve time in jail for what he has done. He needs to NEVER have a animal again and I just pray he is not a father. If this happens to his pet, what is he doing to his child, wife ect? My husband & I have two very loved dogs and we simply do not get this. Tennessee and Kentucky have some very out dated laws when it comes to animals and protecting them. This needs to change. I was born and raised on the West Coast and yes there is abuse there but the laws are better at catching the losers who do such disgusting acts. This man needs help and as far as I am concerned a good *** kicking in jail. Let's see how he likes having someone put their fists in his face, even though in this case he deserves whatever he gets. Let's all hope there is a big, mean animal lover in the cell right next to this loser!
  • by Mary Location: Powell tn on Jun 12, 2007 at 06:51 AM
    I like to know why we can't do things to people like they do to babys. animals,and to other grown ups? Let them know how it feels. He will stay in jail for a year and get out and do the same thing again.


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