Man arrested in Knoxville for dragging dog behind pickup truck

Man arrested in Knoxville for dragging dog behind pickup truck

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Dr. Sura says the dog has a good chance of survival if she can avoid infection while her wounds heal. Dr. Sura says the dog has a good chance of survival if she can avoid infection while her wounds heal.

KNOXVILLE (WATE) -- A man has been arrested and charged in Knoxville for dragging a dog tied behind a pickup truck.

Jimmy Lovell, 45, is charged with one count of aggravated cruelty to animals, which is a felony.

Around 4:15 Tuesday afternoon, police responded to a complaint that a small, female terrier type mix was being dragged from behind a Chevy S-10 pickup truck on Liberty Street.

Witnesses told police Lovell stopped at the stop sign at Knott Road and Liberty Street, then turned onto Liberty Street heading toward Middlebrook Pike, still pulling the dog.

Several witnesses told police they tried to get Lovell to stop.

Lovell finally stopped his truck on Liberty Street approaching Middlebrook Pike.

Police were told he got out, cursed at the witnesses, jerked the dog up, took the rope off the truck, threw the dog into the passenger side and drove away.

The dog was found abandoned along Sutherland Avenue near a business. It's being treated for serious injuries at the UT Veterinary School.

"This poor little dog had severe wounds covering all four legs, over her breast bone, both of her little knees. She was really just in rough shape and in shock," says Dr. Patricia Sura, with UT.

"The sheer fact that she's covered in them makes her just a really terrible case and the unfortunate nature of it not being an accident, it's just rough for all us to deal with," Dr. Sura adds.

However, Dr. Sura adds that the dog has a good chance of survival if she can avoid infection while her wounds heal.

When police arrived, they said the dog appeared to be lifeless. 

"Hopefully, mentally, she'll get over the fact that someone's really hurt her," Dr. Sura says.

She also says the Humane Society and Young-Williams Animal Center are helping pay for the dog's medical care and will make sure, when she recovers the dog is placed in a safe, loving home.

Donations to the dog's fund can be made to:

The Small Brown Dog Fund
UTCVM Development Office
2407 River Drive
Knoxville, TN 37996-4550

Lovell is being held on a $2,500 bond.

His criminal record dates back to 1982 when he turned 18. Lovell has been convicted on several charges of driving under the influence, driving on a revoked license and one count of assault.

6 News Anchor/Reporter Jill McNeal contributed to this report.

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