Lovell receives three-year sentence in Little Brown Dog animal c

Lovell receives three-year sentence in Little Brown Dog animal cruelty case


KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The man accused of dragging a dog behind his car was sentenced on Wednesday for animal cruelty.

Jimmy Lovell pleaded guilty to misdemeanor animal cruelty charges and two drug charges.

The animal cruelty charges stem from a Nov. 2009 incident in which Lovell tied the dog, now known by many as the "Little Brown Dog", to his pickup truck and drove away, dragging the animal behind the car.

Little Brown Dog was severely injured, but survived.

In March 2012, a jury tasked with hearing Lovell's animal abuse case said they were hung and unable to reach a conclusion.

Then last April, Lovell was arrested again for allegedly selling prescription drugs from his home.

On Wednesday, Lovell was sentenced to three years in jail, but will only be required to serve six months. The rest will be supervised probation.

He also has to pay $4,000 in penalties and court costs.

Lovell is required to report to jail on May 1.

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