Shih Tzu Rosie dies from beating, man charged

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Rosie, the Shih Tzu police found badly beaten earlier this month died on Friday, the Knox Co. Sheriff's Office announced.

Jeffery Coppock was charged with animal cruelty after authorities were called to his girlfriend's home, 6136 Evening Star Lane, and discovered the dog with serious injures.

According to the Knox Co. Sheriff's Office, Coppock told police he had disciplined the dog for barking and jumping and said Rosie bit him. An officer reported the 43 year-old had no bite marks on him.

The same officer also reported finding blood on the walls, furniture, and near three doors. He added that Rosie had blood on her snout and appeared to have broken bones and was wet.

The Sheriff's Office said a veterinarian found Rosie had bruises on her chest, three fractured ribs, a broken tooth and internal injuries. She died of kidney failure.

Animal control seized Rosie and another dog in the home, taking them to Young Williams Animal Center. Rosie was moved to the University of Tennessee Veterinary Hospital after taking a turn for the worse.

Raggs, an Australian mix, is still at Young Williams and was not harmed.

Coppock is scheduled for a preliminary hearing in Felony Court on May 17. If convicted of animal cruelty, he will be responsible for the vet bills.

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