Waverly Woman Indicted in Ross County for the Dragging Death of a Dog


A Waverly woman has been indicted by the Ross County Grand Jury for her role in the dragging death of a dog.

Cynthia K. Temple-Colburn, 48, has been indicted on a single fifth-degree felony charge of prohibitions concerning companion animals, and a single first-degree misdemeanor count of prohibitions concerning companion animals.

The charges stem from a July 6th incident where, according to the Ross County Prosecutor’s Office, Ross County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to an address on Mt. Tabor Road in regard to a dog being drug behind a vehicle. At the scene, witnesses informed Deputies they had seen a dog, covered in blood, being drug by its leash behind a white sedan. Deputies also witnessed a trail of blood along the roadway where the dog had been dragged. Witnesses said they tried to stop the woman, who eventually pulled over, but then backed up over the dog. The woman was then reported to have gotten out the vehicle where she picked the dog up by its neck, and then drove away from the scene.

Deputies located the female driver, identified as Temple-Colburn, at her home, where she was placed under arrest. Temple-Colburn informed Deputies she believed the dog had been inside the vehicle when the incident occurred.

The dog was taken to a veterinary hospital in Columbus where it was euthanized due to the extent of its injuries.

Another case from Friday’s session of the Ross County Grand Jury saw a Chillicothe man indicted on a single fifth-degree felony charge of escape.

Logan H. Reno, 18, of Chillicothe, is alleged to have escaped custody while being transported to the Ross County Law Complex. Reno had been arrested on May 30th following a trespass and attempted theft complaint from a resident on Massieville Road. Reno was apprehended on charges of attempted theft and criminal mischief. On arrival at the law complex, Reno is reported to have taken off running from the car port on the south side of the building as the port’s garage door was closing. Reno ran toward the area of Paint Street but was recaptured after a short foot pursuit by officers.

The final open case from Friday’s Jury session saw a Columbus man indicted on a single second-degree felony count of possession of drugs, single third-degree felony charge of having weapons under disability, a single third-degree count of possession of a fentanyl-related compound and a single fifth-degree count of possession of cocaine.

The alleged offenses took place on June 24th when a Chillicothe Police Officer was dispatched to a home on Douglas Avenue in reference to the homeowner reporting the defendant being inside of the home with drugs and a gun.

At the scene, the officer found the defendant, identified as 32-year-old John M. Alexander III, was found sitting on a couch inside the home. A search of the home revealed a .22 caliber Ruger pistol hidden underneath the couch where Alexander had been sitting. Alexander was taken into custody and transported to the Ross County Law Complex where a search of his person revealed a baggy containing 19.6 grams of methamphetamine, 6.77 grams of fentanyl and 3.57 grams of cocaine. Alexander was also found to have a previous indictment for aggravated burglary out of Franklin County from September of 2020, which prevented him from being in legal possession of the firearm.

In total, the Ross County Grand Jury was presented with 16 cases during its July 23rd session. All 16 were returned as true bills but only these three were open to the public.


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