Nashville woman arrested on animal cruelty charges

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A Nashville woman was arrested on animal cruelty charges Tuesday after a dog she took a dog to a local veterinarian.

According to a report by the Metro Animal Control, “it was severely malnourished and “suffered from an overall lack of care.”

Dr. Catrina Herd, the owner of Animal House, said the pup was so sick it had to be put down.

Regina Dillard (Courtesy: Metro Nashville Police Department)
Regina Dillard (Courtesy: Metro Nashville Police Department)

She also told News 2 58-year-old Dillard has done this before.

“According to our records, she’s had a dog euthanized here before in similar condition,” said Dr. Herd.

She continued, “We see a lot of sick dogs, but in this case my doctor called crying that this dog was in such deplorable condition she just felt she had to do something.”

Dr. Herd says the doctor called police but no one came.

Outraged, the local group Big Fluffy Dog Rescue posted pictures of the pit bull on Facebook and wrote an open letter to Mayor Megan Barry asking that animal welfare be made a priority in the city.

On Tuesday, Dillard was charged with animal cruelty.

The Mayor’s office told News 2, “After this situation was brought to our attention through social media, the Mayor’s Office spoke with the veterinarian, police department, and Animal Control to ensure they were all working together to conduct a proper investigation.”

When Dillard was taken into custody, she allowed an Animal Control representative to enter her home to check on another dog she owns. That dog was found to be in good health and was allowed to remain at the home.

Dillard is due in court Jan. 20.

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