Dogs found shot to death off trail in Norris

Dogs found shot to death off trail in Norris

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Two dogs were found shot to death just off a hiking trail in Anderson County. Now animal advocates are offering a reward to find out who's responsible. Two dogs were found shot to death just off a hiking trail in Anderson County. Now animal advocates are offering a reward to find out who's responsible.
Amanda Spoon and her son Evan, 5, were out enjoying the beautiful weather at the Norris Watershed Thursday when Evan saw something just off the trail. Amanda Spoon and her son Evan, 5, were out enjoying the beautiful weather at the Norris Watershed Thursday when Evan saw something just off the trail.
Christina Eich, who works with the local shelter, took the bodies to a local vet to be examined. Now Eich is on a mission to find out who the dogs belonged to and who shot them. Christina Eich, who works with the local shelter, took the bodies to a local vet to be examined. Now Eich is on a mission to find out who the dogs belonged to and who shot them.

By JILL MCNEAL
6 News Anchor/Reporter

NORRIS (WATE) - Two dogs were found shot to death just off a hiking trail in Anderson County. Now animal advocates are offering a reward to find out who's responsible.

The bodies were found Thursday at the Norris Watershed recreation area, near Norris Dam State Park. The dogs were taken to a local vet, who found they were each shot once in the head at close range. Now people in Norris are wondering, why would someone do this and are other animals or people in danger?

Amanda Spoon and her son Evan, 5, were out enjoying the beautiful weather at the Norris Watershed Thursday when Evan saw something just off the trail. Spoon went to investigate and found two dead dogs: a male black lab puppy about four months old and a female beagle about two years old.

"It made me sick. It made me so sick," Spoon said.

It looked to her like the dogs had been dumped there very recently.

"My first thought was, is someone around? It kind of scared me," Spoon said.

Christina Eich, who works with the local shelter, took the bodies to a local vet to be examined. 

"I would say that up until that point they were probably very well cared for, well fed," Eich said.

Now Eich is on a mission to find out who the dogs belonged to and who shot them.

"It's disturbing and upsetting. Seeing it made me very angry and made me want to do something about it," Eich said.

She's started an online fund, along with an account at a local bank, to offer a reward for the arrest of the killer.

"Whether we catch them or not we want to make sure that there's an outcry so whoever did it doesn't do it again. We won't tolerate it," Eich said.

The Spoon family doesn't wish their experience on anyone.

"If you can hurt an animal, you can hurt a child. I think people start with animals, then go on to something bigger," Spoon said.

Christina Eich urges people to call Norris Public Safety at (865) 494-0880 if they have any information, though officers there won't tell us if they're even investigating this.

We checked with Anderson County District Attorney Dave Clark about what kind of charges the person responsible might face. Clark said it just depends on the evidence. Other law enforcement sources confirm, though, this would be considered a case of animal cruelty.

A local vet's office tells us there have been several reports of animals found killed in that same area and they want to investigate further to see if the cases might be related.

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