Marysville man accused of beating dog, shoving it in car trunk

MARYSVILLE, OH (WCMH) – Police in Marysville say a man was arrested last week after he beat a dog and stuffed it in the trunk of his car.

It happened Friday evening, according to police.

A man told police James Combs, 34, approached him and asked if he wanted to buy a dog. The man said no.

Police said the dog then started to run away from Combs. They said Combs then caught the dog, slammed it against the car, kicked it and threw it in the trunk of the car.

Deputy Chief Tony Brooks says officers caught up with Combs and the dog moments later where they found the dog in the trunk. Authorities saw no visible injuries to the dog and it appeared she was in good spirits.

According to police, the suspect claimed he kicked in the dog’s direction but did not actually make contact with the animal. Police also said the suspect “didn’t really see an issue” with how he was transporting or treating the dog.

Combs is charged with two counts of animal cruelty. One count for allegedly kicking the dog and the second is for putting the dog in the trunk.

“In our opinions we do not believe it is not reasonable to transport a dog inside a trunk of a car especially given the condition that was out that night; as cold as it was,” said Brooks.

The dog is resting at the Union County Humane Society. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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