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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  • by Ronnie Location: Michigan on May 12, 2011 at 06:02 AM
    That monster needs to be put out of his misery. But first I hope he suffers a whole lot. I hope he loses his job, his friends and his home. What a piece of dirt.
  • by Deborah Location: North Knoxville on Apr 26, 2011 at 04:24 PM
    What! Isn't there laws against animal cruelty in Tennessee, like 7 years for each count? That is not enough. evil, dirt!
  • by KED Location: TN on Apr 26, 2011 at 10:03 AM
    What a jerk! Jeffrey Coppock, go beat on something or someone your own size and see how you fair... It's pretty easy to beat something that you know you can dominate. I hope someone does the samething to you one day.
  • by kim Location: Knox on Apr 26, 2011 at 06:04 AM
    He beats a poor defenseless dog resulting in it's death and he may have to pay for the vet bills if charged??? He needs to be charged with murder. At least a person can try to fight back. A dog can't. The laws need to be changed to where the punishment is just as worse for someone who commits animal cruelty. Jeffrey Coppock, I REALLY hope that you meet someone in jail that teaches you a lesson on what it feels like to be defenseless, scared, and beaten to where you will want to die because you are in so much pain. May God have mercy on your soul because you won't get it here on earth!
  • by Julie Location: Knox on Apr 25, 2011 at 04:43 PM
    Jeffrey Coppock needs to be tortured and beaten in the same cruel mannor that poor little Rosie was! Worthless excuse for a human being! I don't even have the words to describe the anger that I have for this piece of dirt! I hope that one day he too suffers the way the poor little innocent animal did! The sadness this poor little animal must of felt being so helpless!!! No person nor animal deserves to be beaten and be left to die a slow cruel painful sad death! However, I can honestly say that I hope that this man does one day!!!
  • by Jamie Jenkins Location: Knoxville on Apr 25, 2011 at 04:12 PM
    This man needs to be thrown under the Jail. This is totally outrageous. He went into a rage and picked on something that could not fight back. It is a good thing he is not my boyfreind as he would be the one in need of a hospital. I say we need tougher laws in Tennesse to punish these crazy people accordingly. I encourage everyone to write your Tennessee legislators about the need for tougher laws.
  • by Lisa Location: Knoxville on Apr 25, 2011 at 03:46 PM
    All the thoughts and feelings that I feel from reading about this horrific act done by this ,Jeffery Coppock!This person deserves the same treatment that he gave to this small precious little dog.I hope that their is no children in this home.And,thank Goodness the other dog is out! This make me sick!!


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