CHEATHAM COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) – A dog that was found in a trash bag near a Cheatham County road may have been used in a dog fighting operation.
Cheatham County Animal Control is on the hunt for the person who cut up, tortured and shoved the 16 pound Sheltie named Brett in a trash bag and left it to die. Investigators told News 2 a father and son were driving on Dry Creek Road in Ashland City Easter Sunday when they noticed a dog trying to get out of a trash bag.
They stopped the car and called 911 for help. The dog has been renamed Brett after the boy who found him.
Dr. Rahel Klapheke, who works with Parker’s Paws Animal Hospital, is treating the dog. He spoke to News 2 about its injuries.
“He had two puncture wounds to both sides of his eyes underneath. He also had a bite wound right here which is consistent with a bite mark with a large dog,” Dr. Klapheke explained.
The dog also had a wound across his back.
T.J. Jordi, the director of the Cheatham County Animal Control, believes Brett may have been used as a bait dog.
“What people do is they get small innocent helpless animals that can’t defend themselves and they cut them so that larger fighting dogs get a taste of blood,” said Dr. Klapheke.
Those fighting dogs then work up to larger dogs.
“We just have to think of the positive and say, ‘Hey, Brett is alive and healing so that we can tell his story and prevent this from happening again,’” Dr. Klapheke told News 2.
Brett has a long road to recovery and is currently in protective custody. Dr. Klapheke believes he should be fully healed in about one month.
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Anyone with information about this case is urged to call Cheatham County Animal Control at 615-792-3647.