Police: Man Lied About Puppy Being Thrown From Van

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Investigators said a man made up a story about a puppy being thrown from a van so his wife would feel bad and let him keep the dog.

Jonathan Chapman, 26, of Jewett, is charged with obstructing justice and providing false information.
Harrison County Sheriff Ron Myers said Chapman and his son found the puppy and wanted to keep it, but Chapman’s wife said no. In response, Chapman allegedly lied and said the puppy was thrown from a van so his wife would let them keep it, police said.

Officials with the Appalachian Ohio SPCA and the Harrison County Humane Society said they’re furious this happened. They said they want Chapman to pay for the expenses racked up over the past few days taking care of the dog.

Humane Officer Darla Smith said, “My phone was exploding. The Sheriff’s Department phones were exploding. People concerned over this puppy and outraged that someone would throw this puppy out. Now, I think they’re angerier yet. He wasted so many people’s time.”

Chapman was arrested on Tuesday and is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday, Myers said.

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