Franklin County

Anderson man charged with animal cruelty

An Anderson County man was charged Sunday with second-degree cruelty to animals after he was arrested Saturday on an unrelated warrant in Frankfort, police said.

Paul Scott Dearinger, 40, had been sought for questioning last week in the death of a puppy. The animal cruelty charge is a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail.

Frankfort police arrested Dearinger late Saturday on a Mercer County warrant for flagrant non-support, said Anderson County Chief Deputy Sheriff Joe Milam.

Dearinger also was charged with giving false information to police, Milam said.

Witnesses have told the Anderson County sheriff's department that Dearinger stomped on a puppy's neck and threw it into a fire pit.

That incident allegedly happened Sept. 25 at Dearinger's former residence on Dry Dock Road about five miles west of Lawrenceburg, police said.

The mixed-breed puppy was 8 months old and weighed 14 pounds.

The puppy was buried on the Dry Dock Road property but was exhumed as evidence, Milam said last week