Dog found tortured, shoved in trash bag on side of Tennessee road

CHEATHAM COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) – Cheatham County Animal Control is on the hunt for the person who cut up, tortured and shoved a dog 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 fighting to get out of a trash bag on the side of the road.

They stopped the car and called 911 for help.

Brett suffered cuts and abrasions to his back and face.
Brett suffered cuts and abrasions to his back and face.

When authorities got a hold of to the 12-year-old male Shetland Sheepdog, they said it looked frail and suffered serious lacerations to the back of its neck and several puncture wounds to the face.

They believe he could have been used as a bait dog.

“We’ve all seen a lot of abuse cases here this is one of the worse we’re ever seen,” said Dr. Rahel Klapheke of Parker’s Paws Animal Hospital, which is currently treating the dog.

Animal Control Director JT Jordi said the dog was in such bad shape they initially considered euthanizing him.still0408_00007

“One of the things we always have to consider is euthanasia, but the fact that the injury was old and that it was healing he was still alive shows us that he has the will to survive who are we to take that chance away from him,” said Jordi.

After seeing signs of hope, Jordi reached out to Noah’s Arc Animal Rescue in Nashville, which is now assisting the dog with its recovery.

The dog has since been named Brett after the boy who helped rescue him.

Brett has a long road to recovery and is currently in protective custody. It will be a long time before he could be considered for adoption.

Anyone with information about this case is urged to call Cheatham County Animal Control at 615-792-3647.

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