Two dogs were found beheaded, skinned, and burned on the side of a road, according to the Knox County Sheriff’s Office. A $17,000 reward is now being offered for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for the beheading, skinning, and burning of the two dogs.
Law enforcement officials said two dogs of medium build, weighing between 25 and 35 pounds, also had their legs broken. The remains of the animals were found on the side of Jenkins Lane near Canton Hollow Road.
Tara Gillespie, a resident who lives nearby the location where the poor dogs were found, told WBIR about her shocking discovery.
“I couldn’t believe it. When I came up it took my breath away.”
Tara sat with the beheaded dogs while she waited for law enforcement personnel to arrive.
She briefly explained her horrifying experience.
“It’s the most horrible thing I’ve seen in my life. It’s just inconceivable and you just wonder what makes a human being so evil as to hurt something so precious.”
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), as well as several other animal advocates, combined forces and is helping to offer a $17,000 reward for information that will help authorities arrest and convict the person or persons responsible for the deaths of two dogs who were found beheaded, skinned, and burned, among other abuses, outside Knoxville, Tennessee.
Knox County Sheriff Jimmy Jones spoke with PETA about their hopes of finding the perpetrators.
“I am hoping with such a large reward that someone will come forward who has knowledge of this heinous incident. We’re also tremendously grateful to these organizations for their support.”
Local media is also helping in publicizing the story and $17,000 reward.
According to the Sheriff’s Office, in addition to the local media and PETA’s support, Animal Legal Defense Fund, the Humane Society of East Tennessee, and Robert Brannon of Friends of the Animal Shelter in Newport are also offering reward money.
Martha Dooley, a Knox County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson, said the following.
“There’s other abuse to the animals at this point. We’re asking for the public’s help. If you have any information, please call the Knox County Sheriff’s Office.”
A necropsy was unable to determine the breed of the dogs killed.
The bodies of the two dogs that were beheaded, skinned, and burned were found at the corner of Jenkins Lane and Canton Hollow Road, just north of Fort Loudoun Lake.
[Featured image via WBIR]