Authorities: Indiana man charged after puppy found hanged in tree

Jasen Howard (Jackson County, Ala. Sheriff)

SCOTTSBORO, Ala. (AP) — Authorities in Alabama say an Indiana man accused of hanging a puppy from a tree has been charged with animal cruelty.

News outlets report that 42-year-old Jasen Charles Howard of Wheatfield, Indiana, was arrested Thursday. A sheriff's spokesman says a witness saw a man take a puppy into the woods in Jackson County and found the animal hanging from a rope.

The spokesman says the witness cut down the puppy and called authorities.

Howard told authorities the puppy had parvo and he hanged it because he didn't have a gun to put it out of its misery. The puppy tested negative for the disease and is doing OK.

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