DEL RIO, Tenn. (WVLT) A Cocke County family had six dogs that suddenly died in a matter of days, and they say the man who dropped his wallet next to one of them is the one responsible.
Several of the Ramsey's hunting dogs started dying early last week, but they thought it might be a case of Parvo going around. But they quickly realized that wasn't the case when one of their dogs was jumping around and playful in the morning, and then dead in the evening.
"I don't really know what's going on," Brooke Ramsey admitted.
All of the dogs were chained up outside, including their wolf dog, which Ramsey said was her son's favorite. The sudden death of the dog got even harder, when Ramsey's husband noticed something unusual laying next to their dog's body.
"When my husband found the wallet laying there with his I.D. and social security card in it, we decided to call the police," Ramsey said.
The Ramsey's say the man who left his wallet less than five feet from their pet, is the man who poisoned their animals. Because the dogs died so suddenly, and a man they've never met managed to have his wallet end up next to their dog, they think he is the one responsible.
"If he was doing anything to the dogs, I wouldn't like for him to get by with it and him to think everything's okay," Ramsey said. "I wouldn't want it to happen to anybody else."
Local 8 News hasn't confirmed if the suspect has been arrested, which is why we are not identifying him at this time.