Maynardville man charged in burned puppies case

Maynardville man charged in burned puppies case

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MAYNARDVILLE (WATE) -- A Maynardville man is charged with aggravated cruelty to animals after two puppies were found burned to death.

Tyler Chadwell, 19, was arrested on September 12 when officers found the bodies of the puppies at a home on Jurry Street.

Chadwell is charged with two counts of aggravated cruelty and he's being held in jail on a $50,000 bond. His arraignment is scheduled for September 26.

The Union County Humane Society is also involved in the investigation.

"This is one of the worst animal cruelty cases I've seen in at least 10 years," says the Humane Society's Executive Director Tammy Rouse.

She says she and investigators aren't exactly sure what happened to the puppies before they ended up in the burn pit.

"Right now, we are waiting on a necropsy from UT to determine how they died," Rouse says.

Neighbors, however, say that Chadwell was bragging to them about what he'd done, going into extreme details.

"He said that he hit the dogs with a hammer and then a baseball bat," Steve Ridge says.

Ridge says the four-month-old pups were his and Chadwell was supposed to take them to the Humane Society for him because he could no longer afford to feed them.

"This is just sick that he would do this," Ridge says.

Ridge, along with the rest of the neighbors, say they hope the law will bring justice for the pups.

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