HIXSON, Tennessee (WDEF) – The Humane Educational Society of Chattanooga and Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office is now investigating allegations of animal cruelty involving a 10-year old boy.
According to the HES Executive Director Bob Citrullo, the investigation into the alleged stabbing began when a puppy terrier ran towards a neighbor’s house covered in blood all over the face. The neighbor called police and police called HES.
It’s unclear how investigators traced the dog back to it’s owners, but according to Citrullo, the dog had been stabbed multiple times in the face and has lost one of its eyes. Investigators are now confirming that a 10-year old boy was responsible for stabbing the animal.
News 12 has obtained multiple photos of the dog with its face covered in blood, but is not posting the photos until further information has been obtained. News 12 has also learned the address of the alleged suspect but will not post the address until more information has been obtained.
By 10 P.M., the dog had been transported to R.I.V.E.R. Animal Hospital where it had to undergo emergency surgery. News 12 has been informed by authorities that the dog will survive but has lost an eye.
It’s unclear if the child has been charged with a crime.
News 12 will have more information as it becomes available.