published Friday, February 7th, 2014

Ooltewah man charged with animal cruelty after kicking dog

The Hamilton County Sheriff's Office arrested Robert S. Mastin of Ooltewah Thursday morning on a charge of cruelty to animals.

Mastin was being interviewed on an unrelated matter by Officer Matthew Purvis at his ex-wife's home in Apison, when a dog — later identified by Mastin as his own — brushed up against Mastin's leg.

Mastin proceeded to kick the dog in the ribs and yelled at the dog to go away "for no apparent reason," according to the arrest report. The kick caused the dog to yelp and run away, and Purvis arrested Mastin.

Although the defendant tried to plead his innocence and say the dog was attacking him, the dog returned while Purvis was interviewing Mastin's ex-wife and was friendly with the two of them, according to the report.

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