- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July 28—JEFFERSONVILLE — A Jeffersonville man accused of battering his girlfriend and abusing multiple puppies is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday afternoon.

James Dowell, 25, was arrested early Monday morning on a warrant for an incident reported earlier in the month.

On July 15, a Clark County Sheriff’s officer responded to a domestic disturbance call at a home on Sellers Court. Dowell’s girlfriend had left the home and was “visibly shaking” when police arrived, according to the probable cause affidavit.

The girlfriend told police that Dowell had punched her in the stomach several times and pushed her to the floor. She said she tried to leave the home but Dowell stood in her way and prevented her from leaving.

Dowell’s girlfriend also told police that Dowell had picked up one of their several puppies and started punching it in the face and choking the puppy. Dowell also threw one of the puppies along with other objects at her, she said.

Dowell’s girlfriend had a red mark on her neck as well as swelling and bruising on her arm, according to the affidavit. The puppies “all appeared to be OK.”

Dowell is charged with a level 5 felony criminal confinement and two level 6 felony counts of animal cruelty. He is also charged with a class A misdemeanor domestic battery.

Dowell is being held in Clark County Jail on a $15,000 cash-only bond.


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