Puppy brutally killed in Union County

Union County (WVLT) -- Authorities need your help tonight finding the person responsible for the brutal death a puppy in Union County.

Volunteer TV's Kim Bedford has more on the investigation and the reward that is being offered.

The Humane Society of the United States is offering a $3,200 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for torturing and killing an eight month old german shepherd mix.

We want to warn you, the details of its death may be disturbing.

Union County Humane Society Director Tammy Rouse says, "It was in a very remote area."

A woman was driving her children to school down Beeler Hollow Road Thursday morning when she made the gruesome discovery.

Rouse says, "When she got out to render aid to the dog, she discovered it was dead with a ligature around its neck, tightly wrapped around the fence post."

The eight month old german shepherd mix was hung and shot five times.

Rouse was one of the first to respond to the scene, "Pretty bad. You know, seeing dead animals is one thing, but seeing animals displayed with this kind of brutality acted out is kind of disturbing."

Rouse says the puppy could have very well been someone's pet, "The dog appeared to be in very good flesh, like it had been fed regularly. The coat was nice."

But for reasons Rouse says she'll never understand, someone chose to take the dog's life in this heartless fashion.

"I think someone had to work very hard to do this to this dog. It didn't appear to be just someone wanting to get rid of a nuisance animal. He was taken to this remote place, wound around the fence post."

And the fact that that person is still out there, is what Rouse feels we must take seriously.

"Animal cruelty is an indicator crime. People who commit, toward animals, it's proven fact that they sometimes later go on to commit those same acts against humans."

That's why the reward for the arrest and conviction of the killer is up to $3,200.

Rouse says, "We're hoping anyone with information on this case will come forward to help us find who did this haneous act."

If you have any information about the incident, call the Union County Humane Society at (865 )992-5212.


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  • by Angel Location: Mascot on Jan 15, 2008 at 08:03 AM
    This takes the most horrible person alive to actually do something like this.But as Tammy Rouse said it IS an indicator crime and needs to be dealt with.It amazes me that people in office are so inclined to find the person or persons who did this but yet are so quick to respond to a "dog attack" or simply a "dangerous dog" report by suggesting death to the dog or crazy ordinances.I DO believe that the people who did this NEED TO BE PUNISHED.Without question.This was NOT a dangerous dog it was a puppy and for someone to be so cruel as to do something like this?THIS is where our tax dollars NEED to be going.NOT to an ordinance that requires stupid things such as $100,000.00 insurance policy on dogs that some truly consider their "family pet"!!!There ARE exceptions ,but they are NOT ALL,"DANGEROUS DOGS"!!!
  • by Bob Location: tn on Jan 14, 2008 at 11:53 PM
    this kind of thing makes me sick to hear about how low lives can do this kind of thing to animals.I'am an animal lover myself and i could not even bring myself to harm an animal.Hopefully the person or persons responsible for this is caught and done the same way they did to the puppy.If not they will have a higher power to answer to later on
  • by john Location: kodak on Jan 14, 2008 at 09:48 PM
    I would gladly tie the sob that did this to the same fence and give him a dose of his own medicine. Michael Vick's sentence would look like time off for good behavior compared to his.
  • by Debra Cress Location: New Tazewell on Jan 14, 2008 at 08:56 PM
    This is crazy for some one to do this to anything living. Who ever did this i hope you are cought and in jail for a long time before you do this to anything or any body again.If anyone out their know's where this person is i urge you to call the police and turn them in before this can happen again and thay will do this again you can bet on that.The next time it could be someone you no or you're pet so think about that and consider if you can live with your'e self if that happen's and you know this person don't protect them.

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