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Local man charged with beating boxer mix puppy

Henderson County animal enforcement deputies charged a 43-year-old Chapman Hills Road man with felony cruelty to animals after they found a boxer mix puppy on his porch with evidence of a beating and duct tape on his snout.

The Sheriff’s Office Animal Enforcement squad was dispatched to check on the welfare of a puppy on Aug. 17. The deputy located a boxer pit mix puppy on the porch of a residence. After interviewing the dog’s owner, deputies seized the puppy and took him to a local veterinary clinic for evaluation. It was determined the canine had received blunt trauma to its face and there was duct tape residue on the mouth and body of the puppy. Charged was Ralph Chester Stahr of 107 Chapman Hills Drive. He was jailed under an $8,000.00 bond.

The puppy is doing well and is under the care of Henderson County Animal Services, the sheriff's office said.