Calhoun's Animal Humane Officer Chief Deputy J. D. Smith has charged a Grantsville man with animal cruelty.

The charges are related to the discovery of a female dog with pups chained without access to food or water and one or more dogs found deceased at the residence, with no one present.

Tommy James Newell, 36, of 4640 So. Calhoun Highway, has been released from Central Regional Jail on bond.

The criminal complaint says The officer found a female dog tethered in a cruel manner to a front porch that had recently given birth to a litter of puppies, there was no food or water available.

Officer Smith is investigating another animal cruelty case where discarded deceased dogs, apparently with at least one alive, were discovered at the Bethlehem Cemetery.

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