Man Accused Of Cutting Tails Off Puppies

BATAVIA, Ohio (AP) - A man accused of cutting the tails off four puppies because they were a nuisance has been charged with four counts of cruelty to animals.

George Goodin, 54, of Stonelick Township, was arraigned Tuesday in Clermont County Municipal Court. Bond was set at $5,000 and trial scheduled for March 15.

Three of the 8-week-old puppies were taken to an animal hospital on Friday after Goodin turned them over to the boyfriend of a concerned woman, Clermont County authorities said.

Roncy Roehm, who works at the Eastgate Animal Hospital, said the mixed black Labrador puppies will be kept at the hospital for at least another month to allow their tails to heal.

"They're very timid and very afraid at first, but they're starting to come around," Roehm said. "They huddle together like puppies do. They're going to be big girls."

A fourth puppy is being held by the Clermont County Humane Society for evidence.

Debbie Lyons of Goshen Township said she heard about the puppies at a carryout, where the clerks were trying to help Goodin find them homes.

When her boyfriend went to Goodin's home for them, about 20 miles east of Cincinnati, Goodin said he had cut off their tails because they were knocking things off a table, Lyons said.

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