This one brought tears to our eyes

20 Oct

No one should be able to get away with this:

Grace, the Tipton County, TN dog that was chained to a tree for months without food or water.

In some parts of the country, animals are being abused, even to the point of death, yet officials who should be protecting these animals look the other way. We do not want this to happen to any animal, including Grace, the Tipton County, TN dog that was chained to a tree for months without food or water.
Once discovered and taken from her owner, Grace was examined by a veterinarian. It was determined that along with suffering from long-term starvation, she was also dehydrated, had heartworms, hook worms, round worms and fleas.
A 6 month-old puppy was also taken from this owner. The puppy, which had also been tied to a tree, had managed to chew through her rope, and survived by eating beans in a nearby field.
Although the Tipton County Animal Shelter did everything possible to save Grace, her condition was too severe, and she passed away during a blood transfusion.
Who could do this to a dog? And even worse, according to the Tipton County Animal Shelter, Tipton County officials do not support prosecuting individuals who commit animal abuse. According to the shelter, this is a common occurrence in this county. Dogs like Grace, as well as starving horses, arrive at the shelter several times monthly.
Yet according to the local shelter, the Tipton County officials don’t care. They do not press for jail time or probation for people that abuse or starve their pet to death.
Grace’s owner is charged with aggravated animal cruelty for starving an animal. The first court date is set for October 21st. Please let the District Attorney, Mike Dunavant, know that no person should be allowed to harm an animal like this without punishment, and that the owner deserves the maximum sentence under law. Also, the Tipton County elected officials need to makes changes so animal abusers are investigated and charged with their crimes.

What Can You Do?

Contact District Attorney Mike Dunavant 121 North Main St. Ripley, TN 38063
Email: dmdunavant@tndagc.org
Phone: 731-635-5163
Fax: 731-221-3086

Contact County Executive Jeff Huffman Tipton County Courthouse PO Box 686 Covington, TN 38019
Email: tcounty1@bellsouth.net
Phone: 901-476-0200
Fax: 901-476-0227

Attend the Court Date at Tipton County Justice Center
1801 South College St. 1801 South College St. Suite #102 Covington, TN 38019
Friday October 21st at 1pm

Note: The above story is written by “Hand4Paws” and was originally published on Change.Org. Please continue to share!

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One Response to “This one brought tears to our eyes”

  1. yashikibuta October 20, 2011 at 12:06 pm #

    OMG, this is awful! I wonder how they’d feel if they were abused the same way.

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