SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) - Investigators with the Sevier County Animal Control are investigating an incident involving four dogs left for dead near the Cove Mountain area in Sevierville.
One dog survived, but the others were found dead.
"There's no reason for this and for the others we weren't able to save," Amy Ogle with the Pets Without Parents Animal Shelter said.
Ogle described the dog as cold, underweight, and covered in flees when animal control rescued her on December 8.
Since then, she is flealess, has gained some weight, and even has a new name: Christmas Hope.
"It's truly a Christmas story," Ogle said. "She's seen a lot, but knowing that she's safe, she's warm, she's fed and getting all the love that she can handle - it's great."
Christmas Hope is being nursed back to health at Pets Without Parents, a non-profit animal shelter in Sevierville.
She played with her very first toy on Wednesday, and in a few days, she will be ready for adoption.
"Our hope for her is to be in a home for Christmas, to know what a loving family is, to have a bed, to have warmth and a fully belly and hopefully playmates to play with so she can start her life," Dani Langston, director of operations for Pets Without Parents, said. "This is just a fragment of what her life is going to be. With her name Christmas Hope, it's just this time of year to see something sad like this and to remember that there's always hope. She was left behind but she found her home, she found us."
Shelter workers said Christmas Hope is sweet, loving and grateful, and will be a great Christmas addition to any family.
"She's going to make someone a great dog and a great companion," Ogle said.
If you are interested in adoption Christmas Hope, send the animal shelter an email at email@example.com
If you have any information about who abandoned the animals, you are urged to call the Sevier County Animal Control at 865-774-3914.