An abused dog gets a second chance at life

As the number of animal cruelty cases rise, the community comes together to help a puppy

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The puppy was covered with parasites, suffered from malnutrition and had a broken leg. The puppy was covered with parasites, suffered from malnutrition and had a broken leg.
"She was laying down trying to get up and kind of flopping like a fish trying to get herself righted and crying when she came to me. It was very clear there was something wrong with her front leg," said Cpl. Frankie Byrne. "She was laying down trying to get up and kind of flopping like a fish trying to get herself righted and crying when she came to me. It was very clear there was something wrong with her front leg," said Cpl. Frankie Byrne.
"We knew if we didn't take her, it might be her last chance. It was something that just called to both of us," said the dog's new owner, Joyce Patterson. "We knew if we didn't take her, it might be her last chance. It was something that just called to both of us," said the dog's new owner, Joyce Patterson.

By STEPHANIE BEECKEN
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Animal cruelty and neglect cases are on the rise in Knox County. Animal control officials said the economy may be partly to blame when injured animals aren't properly cared for.

By the time animal control is called, the animals often have extensive injuries and finding a home is difficult. But in a rare case, a badly injured animal is getting a second chance.

When Cpl. Frankie Byrne with the Knox County Sheriff's Office Animal Control Unit responded to a call about an abused puppy, she saw a five-month-old, severely injured Pyrenees-Golden Retriever mix.

"She was laying down trying to get up and kind of flopping like a fish trying to get herself righted and crying when she came to me. It was very clear there was something wrong with her front leg," said Cpl. Frankie Byrne.

The puppy was covered with parasites, suffered from malnutrition and had a broken leg.

"The leg was starting to improperly heal on itself due to the age of the injury and everything like that, and it absolutely could have ended up being fatal to her," said Cpl. Byrne.

The owner was charged with animal cruelty and the puppy was taken by animal control. Vets at Young Williams Animal Center treated her.

The Adopt a Golden rescue in Knoxville found a foster home for the pup. This all took several months, but eventually she was adoptable and Joyce Patterson gave her a forever home.

"We knew if we didn't take her, it might be her last chance. It was something that just called to both of us," said Patterson.

Cpl. Byrne says finding homes for large dogs is hard, especially when the dog is injured and will forever need additional veterinary care.

But despite the additional responsibilities, Joyce Patterson and her family wanted to adopt the dog. It's a decision she doesn't regret and hopes other chose to do.

"The joy of helping this dog instead of paying an outrageous amount of money for a pure breed, which is great too, but I don't know she's just so sweet," said Patterson.

After months of TLC, Abby is now happy and mostly healthy and Joyce couldn't imagine life without her.

"She has added just love, more love," said Patterson.

A misdemeanor animal cruelty conviction usually has a sentence of a year probation with random inspections by animal control.

If you believe an animal is being neglected or abused, call dispatch and ask for animal control at 865-215-2444

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