January 27, 2011
Ticket Issued In Dog Abuse Investigation
Months after creating quite a stir on the local computer social networking scene, a Boxer dog has made a full recovery and the individual believed to be responsible for the animal's condition has been identified by law enforcement.
In October last year, the Memphis Police Department received a complaint regarding a dog that was being mistreated. The responding officer failed to locate the animal at the property at 108 Bence Street, noting the doghouse at the front of the home was unoccupied. Further review of past complaints had revealed that a dog matching the animal had been impounded by the city running at large shortly before this complaint, and had shown no signs of bad health or failed upkeep.
Unfortunately for investigators, it proved to be a case of mistaken identity, as they later discovered there were two Boxer dogs housed at the property. One of the animals, the one that was subject to the complaint, apparently was hidden at the rear of the residence. The dog reportedly was in such poor health, it failed to make itself seen when the officer inspected the property.
Soon after, photos of the dog surfaced on Facebook and outcry began that law enforcement had turned a blind eye to an obvious case of animal abuse as the pictures revealed the animal was just "skin and bones".
Investigators quickly identified the mistake and were able to locate the abused animal. The dog was seized by the police department. It was turned over to a foster home after being treated by the Memphis Veterinary Clinic, and since has made a full recovery.
An investigation of the property led to a suspect being identified. Officers had been seeking an Iowa resident for questioning in the case.
On January 20th, a ticket was issued to Eric K. McCoy, 27, of Knoxville, IA after officers learned he was in town. McCoy was ticketed with animal abuse in the first degree.
A court date was set for February 1st at 9:00 a.m.