ROANE COUNTY, Tenn. (WVLT)-- A German Shepherd mix, only a few months old, was found doused in gasoline after being thrown out of a moving truck window in Roane County.
Chief Deputy Tim Phillips said it happened Thursday at Sugar Grove Valley Rd.
The puppy was picked up by a good samaritan who watched it all happen. After picking her up, the man took her to a nearby shopping center to get medical attention.
But it just so happened the same truck the puppy was thrown out of was there, too.
"There was a confrontation..some words were exchanged, he actually vandalized the guy's vehicle," Phillips said.
The man accused of throwing the puppy out of the window and vandalizing the good samaritan's car was Jack Chesser, 41.
Phillips said he is no stranger to law enforcement. He's been arrested more than 40 times.
According to a police report, Chesser admitted to having the puppy, but stated 'the dog jumped out of the truck and that he could not find it.'
After piecing it all together, officers arrested Chesser and charged him with animal cruelty. The good samaritan chose not to press charges against Chesser for vandalizing his car.
"We're glad the citizen got involved and was able to pick the puppy up," Phillips said.
The puppy is now at the Roane County Animal Shelter and has been named 'Sugar."
Director John Griffin said she's playful and in good health, and in good company. The next day Sugar was brought in to the shelter, they got a call to pick up another pup who appears to be her sister.
Anyone interested in adopting the puppies can contact the animal shelter at: 865 354-7387