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Man charged with animal cruelty

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A man working at a local company was charged with Animal Cruelty after a large dog was found inside a van where the temperature was found to be in excess of 106 degrees.

The incident occurred on Tuesday, Aug. 26. Animal Control Officer Stephanie Cox, who was assisted by two Lebanon Police Officers, responded to TRW, Inc. at 1103 West Baddour Pkwy., Lebanon, where they found the dog inside the van.

A report on the incident said the officers “verified” the temperature inside the vehicle “using a laser thermometer focused inside the vehicle.”

A generator used to power the air conditioner was not working because the van’s fuel tank was empty. In addition, the report said, the dog had no water.

The van was not locked so Cox made entry and seized the dog.

“He’s doing fine,” Cox said of the dog, adding he was still a little scared.

The dog will remain at the shelter until the case goes to court when a judge will decide if he will be returned to Miller or remain at the shelter.

Christopher Douglas Miller, 35, of Crossville, was determined to be the owner, and he was arrested and charged with Animal Cruelty.

Cox told officers that Miller had reportedly been warned in the past for leaving the animal in his vehicle “and LPD officers have received multiple calls on the vehicle and Mr. Miller in reference to animal cruelty.”

Miller was released from Wilson County Jail after posting a bond of $1,200. He is to appear in court on Wednesday, Oct. 1.

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