Manchester Man Sentenced for Animal Cruelty

A Manchester man has been sentenced in Coffee County General Sessions Court for animal cruelty. Ronnie Dale Walden, 56, of Wood Street in Manchester was convicted of animal cruelty and sentenced to perform 40 hours of public service work at the animal shelter, to pay $300 to the Manchester Animal Control and was given a suspended 11 month 29 days. According to warrants obtained by Manchester Police Officer Jackie Matheny Jr., on Feb. 6, 2012 a dog was found abused and neglected at the Wood Street residence. The dog was, according to the warrant, starved and tied with a rope, which had cut into the dog’s neck causing severe lacerations. The dog was transported to a veterinarian’s off where the dog, which was pregnant, later died.