BENJAMIN D. COLLINS arrested for the death of his dog

Updated: Nov 14

- Indiana, USA -

Bartholomew County Sheriff deputies arrested 35-years-old BENJAMIN D. COLLINS (pictured below) on cruelty to an animal charge.

Court documents accuse COLLINS of recklessly, knowingly or intentionally abandoning or neglecting an animal.

On November 2, Detective William R. Kinman Jr. with the Bartholomew County Sheriff Department was assigned to investigate a three-week-old animal cruelty report involving a Mastiff mix dog named Thor at COLLINS’ home on 596 Falcon Drive in Columbus.

Detective Kinman wrote in his report that COLLINS’ next-door neighbor, Tammie Hawley, was concerned about Thor’s wellbeing and contacted Bartholomew County Animal Control. Officer Mark Case located Thor who appeared to be in poor health so he took the furbaby to the Bartholomew County Humane Society.

Thor was first examined by a veterinarian and later taken to Tails of Freedom K9 Rescue, a nonprofit based in Sellersburg.

Officer Case then alerted Detective Kinman to the situation and provided him with three pictures showing Thor to be extremely skinny.

Officer Case explained he could not determine whether Thor was not being fed or whether he was suffering from a medical condition.

Officer Case questioned COLLINS about Thor, and COLLINS told him he had been feeding Thor with Purina Beneful. COLLINS then added that he had been upset with his neighbors because they had been feeding and watering Thor.

Meanwhile, Detective Kinman learned that it wasn’t the first time that Thor had been seen by Tails of Freedom K9 Rescue. It emerged that Thor had also been treated there in 2019 for possible abuse.

By the time Detective Kinman made contact with the rescue representative Bobbie Jo Becker, Thor had already died and was scheduled to be sent to Purdue University for a necropsy.

Detective Kinman was told that Thor only weighed 72 pounds shortly before his death while a Mastiff mix of the size and breed of Thor should weigh near 150 pounds.

The Republic reports that COLLINS was booked into the Bartholomew County Jail on the evening of November 11.

The Republic explained that under normal circumstances, the charge against COLLINS “is a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail and a $5,000 fine. However, the charge could be raised to a Level 6 felony if the defendant has a prior unrelated conviction for a similar offense, according to state statutes.”

It just so happens that besides cruelty to an animal, COLLINS was also arrested on a petition to revoke probation. Last June, COLLINS was placed on probation for 18 months after pleading guilty to making a false statement regarding his criminal history. So, when the cruelty to animal charge was filed, prosecutors also filed paperwork that accused COLLINS of breaking the terms of his suspended sentence.

Court records list William Moss Nash as COLLINS’ attorney.

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