Puppy killer case referred to grand jury

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By Ben Carlson

The case of the man accused of stomping and setting his girlfriend’s puppy on fire was referred last Thursday to the Anderson County Grand Jury.

Paul “Doobie” Dearinger appeared that day in Anderson County District Court on a Class D felony charge for allegedly torturing an 8-month-old puppy in September.
He faces up to five years in prison if convicted.
Dearinger, 40, made headlines across the region for allegedly killing his girlfriend’s puppy, Buster, on Sept. 26. A witness claims Dearinger likely kicked the dog to death before tossing it in a burn pit at 1330 Dry Dock Road and setting it on fire.
It remains unclear if the dog was dead when it was burned.
Several people then buried the dog, which had been placed in a trash bag.
The following day, a witness called Anderson County animal control officer Jason Chesser, who exhumed the dog’s remains and launched an investigation in conjunction with the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office.
A warrant was issued for Dearinger’s arrest, but nearly a week went by before he was finally found and arrested in Franklin County.