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Man accused of torturing and killing puppy in front of children

The Pulaski County Sheriff

Larry Benjamin Caudill

It’s a shocking story of what police say happened at a home on Ky. 235, just outside Nancy and it has neighbors talking.

“I wish I didn’t have him for a neighbor. If he’s going to mistreat animals like that,’ said a neighbor, who didn’t want to be identified.

Many in the small Pulaski County community are disgusted with the allegations that Larry “Benji” Caudill killed a Jack Russell puppy.

“What makes this so tough is because it was done in the presence of children,” said Pulaski County Sheriff Todd Wood.

Police say after Caudill cut the tail off the 6-month-old puppy, he squeezed it in one hand, threw it or slammed it against some concrete steps, then it bounced into the yard and died shortly thereafter.

Sheriff Wood says a veterinarian told investigators that it can actually be normal to cut the tail off a Jack Russell puppy, but one that is only 5 days old.

“With the age of this animal, certainly cutting a tail off after the bone has grown, established in that area, would be very painful for the animal,” said Wood.

Caudill is charged with a felony, which means if convicted, he could face 1 to 5 years in jail.

“Certainly it does fit into the new statute, Romeo’s Law. Serious physical injury or death to an animal, that did occur,” said Wood, speaking of the state law that was established after the torture case of a dog in Somerset named Romeo.

Caudill remains in jail under a $10,000 cash bond. He declined to give his side of the story from the Pulaski County Detention Center.

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