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Convicted Puppy Killer Faces Judge Again

By Emily Cassulo
By ecassulo@wbbjtv.com

DRESDEN, Tenn. - The West Tennessee teenager convicted of animal cruelty is back in court again to face a judge after his latest arrest.

Wednesday's hearing for Preston Odle stems from another arrest last month, and residents told WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News they are not happy with the teen's punishment.

"I think it's pretty stupid," said resident Jaylee Elsea. "I mean, if you're already in trouble, why would you do it again?"

Odle pleaded guilty to torturing and killing a Saint Bernard puppy last September, and on Wednesday he pleaded guilty to a new charge - contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

"There again. That just shows you, you know, one more strike he's supposed to be out, but he won't be. Not in this county," said resident Sue Box.

Odle was arrested in December for possession of a weapon by a felon.

According to court papers, he and several other juveniles were hunting for deer, though Odle claimed he was only driving. The state dropped that weapon charge.

"I think what he did is horrible," Elsea said. "Killing a dog is practically like killing a person. It's wrong."

Residents said his punishment for both crimes was not harsh enough.

"Because I think it'll go on to other things because he got by with this, so he will continue," Box said.

Officials said if Odle is found guilty of violating his probation later this month, he could get one to two years in jail.

On Wednesday, the judge sentenced him to 45 days in jail for the contributing to the delinquency of a minor charge.

Odle's next hearing is on January 17 in Weakley County Circuit Court.
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