After extensive treatment, Little Brown Dog finds permanent home

After extensive treatment, Little Brown Dog finds permanent home

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By JILL MCNEAL
6 News Anchor/Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) -- A three-year-old terrier mix in Knoxville captured hearts in November 2009 after she survived being dragged behind a pickup truck for almost a mile.

Jimmy Lovell was charged with aggravated cruelty to animals, a felony. He says the dragging was an accident, that he forgot he had tied the dog to his bumper.

When Dr. Patricia Sura at the UT College of Veterinary Medicine first met Little Brown Dog, she had severe wounds covering all four legs.

But with skin grafts and constant care, the dog managed to avoid infection and heal completely.

"She has really no residual orthopedic problems. She will have a little bit of a skip to her step because the pads on her feet, basically her primary cushioning, isn't quite normal," Dr. Sura says.

The dog's emotional wounds seem to be healing, too.

"The only thing is that she doesn't particularly care for cars. She'll get nervous if a car starts near her and she's not looking at it," Dr. Sura says. "But other than that, she seems to be fine. She loves other dogs. She'll meet the biggest Great Dane, the strongest Rottweiler, and she just wants to go say hello to all of them. Men aren't a problem with her either. She likes everybody."

Dozens of people offered to adopt LBD. Her new owner wants to remain anonymous.

"It was decided it would be someone with medical training so that if, in three or four years, she does have real difficulty with lameness or something that needs to be done, we would be able to do that for her," Dr. Sura says.

More than $13,000 in donations came in for Little Brown Dog. Her care cost more than $7,000 and the rest of the money will be used to help other injured animals.

Lovell is out on bond while he waits for his case to go to a grand jury.

Nearly 7,000 people have signed a petition on LBD's Facebook page asking that Lovell receive the maximum possible sentence.

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