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Carlisle man arrested for animal cruelty

By Times Staff

The Indiana State Police recently conducted an investigation into an
animal cruelty case located near Carlisle. The investigation began
after receiving complaints from local citizens and the Sullivan County
Department of Child Services of a deceased canine discovered along a
rural county road.

On Jan. 29, Master Trooper Detective Angie Hahn of the Putnamville
State Police Post initiated a criminal investigation about the
discovery of the deceased canine near a county road in Carlisle.

During the course of the investigation, it was discovered that
Alexander J. Keene, 40, of Carlisle, had become furious with the
family canine. As a result of his anger, he struck the canine several
times and roughly threw it to the ground, fatally injuring the canine.
Keene then left the residence with the deceased animal, disposing of
its body along a county road.

At the conclusion of the investigation, the case was presented to
Sullivan County Prosecutor Ann Smith-Mischler and charges were filed
against Keene. The defendant was arrested Thursday without incident
and has posted bond.

Preliminary charges filed are domestic violence animal cruelty, Felony
6; killing a domestic animal, Felony 6; and failure to dispose of a
dead animal, Felony 6.

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