Xenia police issue arrest warrant in abused puppy case

UPDATE @ 6:02 p.m.: Xenia police have issued a felony arrest warrant for Matthew Bolen. 

He is wanted on a charge of "causing serious harm to a companion animal.” 

Matthew Bolen (Courtesy/Xenia police)


An 8-week-old puppy is recovering from serious injuries suffered in an alleged abuse incident in Xenia and police said criminal charges are pending. 

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The female pup is named Willow and has been adopted by Leah Lind, a victim's advocate with the city of Xenia. 

Xenia police found Willow early Sunday morning on Colorado Drive. A neighbor had called 9-1-1. 

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"One of my neighbors is throwing a dog around and he's like swinging him around and banging him on the ground," the 9-1-1 caller said. "The dog is crying like crazy."

Officers responded and arrested the alleged abuser on an outstanding warrant and a criminal charge of animal cruelty is pending.

The suspect's identity has not been released. 

The suspect's girlfriend, whom police referred to as the original owner of the dog, agreed to give Willow away to Leah. 

Xenia Body Camera Video From Dog Injury

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Willow's injuries were significant — A broken knee, displaced hip and a fragmented bone that goes into the hip socket. 

The dog is recovering after emergency surgery and more procedures will be needed. Lind said there's still a chance Willow will lose her leg to amputation if it doesn't heal properly. 

"She's very sweet and loving," Lind said. "It's amazing what she's been through, how trusting she is. She doesn't act like anything is wrong. She hops around and plays. We're actually trying to keep her calmer." 

Xenia police posted information on Facebook showing support for the fundraising effort to cover veterinary costs for the female pup named Willow. 

As word spread this week around the community about Willow, donations poured in to cover vet expenses. Lind said enough funds were raised to cover the cost of the first surgery. 

"I think her story started off tragic and when the love started pouring in, it completely inspired people," Lind said.

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