Sunday afternoon, Hawkins County Sheriff's Office Deputy Ethan Mays responded to the residence of 77-year-old Dorothy Greene, 262 Meadowview Lane, Bulls Gap, who stated that her two dogs had been stolen by her grandson, David Moser, 33, 257 Meadowview Lane, Bulls Gap.
Greene said Moser had admitted to her he'd taken her two dogs but was refusing to tell her where he'd taken them.
Mays then spoke to Moser, who allegedly admitted to placing the two small dogs in the trunk of his vehicle and then transporting them to Guthries Gap Church, where he left them on the side of the road. The church is located on the Hawkins and Greene county line on Guthries Gap Road.
"I questioned Mr. Moser as to his motive for taking the dogs," Mays said. "He advised me that they run loose in his yard and had caused damage to his vehicle and his sister's vehicle."
Moser said the dogs had climbed onto the vehicles and scratched them.
Mays said Moser estimated the damage to a 1991 Camaro Z28 at $8,000 due to the vehicle having "rare paint."
Damage to a 1995 Toyota Camry was listed at $600.
"I advised Mr. Moser that while it is illegal to allow animals to run at large, he also potentially committed a crime by putting the dogs into the trunk of a vehicle and then abandoning them," Mays said. "I also advised Mr. Moser the proper course of action would have been calling the sheriff's office to report animals running at large."
Mays told the Times-News Monday he searched the area of the church but was unable to locate either dog, both of which remained missing as of Monday evening.
Both are small mixed breeds. One is brown, and the other is mostly black with a few white spots.
Mays asks anyone who has information about the dogs' whereabouts to call (423) 272-4848 and leave a message for him.
Moser and his sister, China Taylor, were advised by Mays to seek private prosecution regarding the alleged damage caused by the dogs.
Mays said he informed them it would be hard to prove in court those specific dogs caused the damage because there are a lot of loose dogs in the area.
Mays said he also planned to seek an arrest warrant Monday evening against Moser for theft under $500, animal cruelty and animal abandonment.