CHARLESTON, W.Va. - A meth lab bust resulted in the suspect also being served with a warrant charging him in the tossing of a puppy from a pickup truck last fall.
Timothy Loudermilk, 53, of North Charleston was charged Wednesday with attempting to operate a meth lab, but a check for warrants revealed an outstanding felony charge in Boone County.
Loudermilk was indicted in April on a felony animal cruelty charge stemming from an October incident, Boone Chief Deputy Chad Barker said.
He was arraigned on that charge Wednesday in Boone Circuit Court, according to a clerk in the Boone Circuit Clerk's office.
Deputies K.D. McCarty and A.D. Keadle were patrolling W.Va. 94 in the Lens Creek area the morning of Oct. 14.
The northbound deputies were two vehicles behind a yellow Ford pickup loaded with junk when they saw a small black and white puppy be thrown from the passenger side window, according to a complaint filed in Boone Magistrate Court.
The puppy rolled along the asphalt, bleeding from the nose and mouth, deputies wrote in the complaint. The pickup kept going as the deputies stopped to help the puppy, which could not stand on its own.
"We take crimes against animals seriously," Barker said. "We get animal complaints pretty regularly and always have a deputy follow up. Sometimes there's something to it, and other times there isn't."
Then-Sheriff Rodney Miller said at the time that residents said dogs often were dumped in the area.
The officers rushed the puppy to the Animal Emergency Clinic in South Charleston, where it was treated for minor injuries and adopted by one of the clinic workers, Barker said.
Deputies posted the puppy's picture on the department's Facebook page. Officers received a tip on the truck's whereabouts and a possible suspect less than a week later, on Oct. 20.