KCSO investigating dog tied to utility trailer

FARRAGUT, Tenn. (WVLT) -- A picture taken at a red light in Farragut quickly went viral. It shows a dog, tied to a utility trailer, stopped in traffic. Countless people shared the picture, wanting to know if the owner will be charged.

The Knox County Sheriff's Office said the case is still under investigation. Right now, no one's charged, but that could change.

In the picture, it appears that the Jack Russell's hind legs were tied together. Deputies tracked the owner down. He told animal cruelty officers that he'd had the dog, "Buddy" in his car, but the dog was whining and wanted to be outside. So, the report said he tied the dog to the trailer by his collar and leash. The man told deputies that as soon as he noticed the dog's legs were tangled, he pulled over.

"We're looking at some other photos - and intend to look at some other photos this afternoon. And reportedly, these are going to show different angles so we can get a better idea of how the dog was restrained," said Martha Dooley, Public Information Officer for the Knox County Sheriff's Office.

The Sheriff's Office said an animal control officer went to check on the dog Sunday night. They said he appeared to be in good condition and had no signs of injury on his back legs.

The Sheriff's Office is working with the District Attorney's office to determine if charges will be filed.

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