Thursday, March 17, 2011

Dog Shooting in Old Hickory Village Raises Animal Cruelty Questions

Posted By on Thu, Mar 17, 2011 at 11:07 AM

In today's Scene, Stephen George delves into the shooting of two dogs in a northeast Nashville neighborhood — an incident that has raised questions about the city's animal cruelty laws, as well as a rift among neighbors. The 11-year-old dogs went missing in mid-February, and their owner, Amy Moore, spent two weeks searching for them, posting notices on Craigslist and calling Metro Animal Control daily.

A tip eventually directed Moore to a home less than a mile away. When she arrived, the residents told her they had given the dogs shelter for a week while they decided whether to call Animal Control. After much prayer about the most humane thing to do, they said, they took the dogs to a friend's house and fed them cheeseburgers — after which the dogs were shot and buried.

George reports that the incident has divided the neighborhood's residents — some who claim the dogs were not well cared for, others who want the dogs' shooter (or shooters) prosecuted. Meanwhile, the comments section on the story online has exposed the extent of the hard feelings involved, suggesting that they won't be resolved anytime soon. It's worth reading the story for the nuances of detail that make it far from clear-cut — and for the issues it raises about stray animals, the legal rights of pet owners, and what kind of crime (if any) such a case is.

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