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Bain charged for death of four puppies
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Out of the five puppies recovered by Animal Control, Lazarus, is the only one to survive. He is currently receiving dedicated care as he overcomes parvovirus. - photo by Nikki Childers
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Ronnie Glenn Bain

A man has been charged with animal cruelty after his actions reportedly resulted in the death of four puppies.

Ronnie Glenn Bain, 58, has been arrested for allegedly abandoning five puppies and a female German shepherd dog on Spencer Road in the area of Shellsford Road. The German shepherd and only one puppy survived. 

“On Friday, Oct. 1, a truck driver noticed a basket on the side of the road containing five puppies,” said Warren County Sheriff’s Department Major Jason Walker. “The truck driver took two of the puppies and left the other three thinking they were dead. The truck driver then called Warren County Animal Control and Adoption Center and was advised to take them to Sparta Road Veterinary Clinic.”

That same day, said Walker, a female driver passed by and saw the basket of puppies and noticed that one of them was moving. That individual took them home and sought veterinary care in Crossville for the puppy that was still alive.

“The veterinarian stated the puppy was in such bad shape it needed to be euthanized,” said Walker.

The following Monday, Animal Control was called to the same area regarding the female dog and staff determined her to be the mother of the puppies.

“I then began an investigation along with Animal Control director Sherri Bradley. During the course of the investigation, a suspect was identified and warrants were taken out on Ronnie Glenn Bain for abandoning the animals on the side of the road,” said Walker.

Bain has been charged with three counts of aggravated animal cruelty and three counts of animal cruelty.