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Police say Kingsport puppy found 'cut in half'

February 29th, 2012 6:23 pm by Rain Smith

KINGSPORT — Police are investigating what appears to be the gruesome death of a puppy in Kingsport, with only the dog’s hindquarters located thus far.

They were discovered at the steps of the owner’s front porch Monday morning. A police report says the dog appeared to have been “cut in half.”

“The only part that was laying there was the back half of my dog,” said Jeffrey Head, 35, of 115 Keeneland Court.

Two weeks ago he received Tobey, an approximately 3-month-old mutt, from a cousin.

“Me and the animal control guy were talking, and if an animal attacked him they normally pull the guts out, eat them,” Head adds. “But this looked like he was sawed at the angle of the ribs. And the guts were still there.”

Richard Crino, director of the Sullivan County/Bluff City/Kingsport Animal Control Center, said his agency referred Head to the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office. According to Crino, the animal control officer who initially responded did not believe Tobey had been hit by a car. Crino also acknowledged that the discovery of the hindquarters by the bottom step of Head’s front porch, with no trail of blood, is suspicious.

SCSO Public Information Officer Leslie Earhart said a police detective has been assigned to investigate the incident. It is not yet known if a crime occurred.

Head said he last saw Tobey alive was when he returned from work late Sunday night. The puppy, along with the family’s other three dogs, was inside a kennel located in the back yard.

At approximately 11 a.m. the next day, he discovered the back half of Tobey’s carcass.

“I’ve got to explain it to my 5-year-old son, who’s asking ‘Where’s our dog at?’” said Head. “I’ve got to lie to him, say, ‘He’ll be back’ — all because of something some idiot did.”

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office at 279-7500.

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