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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) – Neighbors fight from time to time, but in this case it may have gone overboard. We received a phone call about an animal dispute involving two Marion County neighbors. This is case of social media harassment and alleged animal abuse. News Channel 12’s Brian Didlake talked to both sides of the fence to see what they had to say.

He was told it all started with one phone call. The caller told us about one woman on Facebook who is on a campaign against her neighbors who she believes shot her dog. Upon investigating we found that she had already posted her neighbor’s Demarquis and Charlette Perkins information on her page. Not only that she posted information about their home, she posed about their car and even their 13-year-old daughter on social media.

We sat down with Marion County Sheriff’s Department to see if any of this was illegal, who said they couldn’t comment on the situation.  Marion County Sheriff, Bo Burnett, said that when we brought this case up to him that he didn’t know anything about it. He said it’s a tricky situation due to it being on social media, but it may go under cell phone harassment.

Bo Burnett went on to say, “If people have an ongoing problem with that on phone harassment they come in and due a report , then if a court sees reason to they can issue a summons or a warrant for them in court and let the courts decide.”

“The Father in law who is here visiting shot her and they have her body.” said Kay Pelham. She says  her dog was shot at the Perkins house and all she has been doing was trying to get the body back. “I’ve been told onto their property and I can’t go up there and make them give me my animal unless I want to go to jail , which I’m at that point I’m bout ready to do that cuz I want my my dog’s body back… that’s all I ask these people.”

The Perkins family didn’t want to comment on camera , but they did file a report. That report stated that the Perkins have been getting numerous amounts of blocked calls since Mr. Perkins number was given out, and that Mrs. Perkins is just concerned for her daughter’s safety.

“They’ll just give me her body back i’ll leave them alone I just want my dog, I just want my dog. It’s that simple.”

Now the report that was mentioned will be going to the DA’s office due to the social media threats.

Stay with News 12 as this story develops.

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  • CDD

    There was never a threat made on social I’mmedia. I saw every post. There was no threat made. Mrs. Perkins is the one that stated several days ago that she went to a local pawn shop and bought a gun. This is ridiculous that the story has been twisted. These people cussed out an 80 year old woman and they feel harassed. They let two of their dogs get run over on hwy 28 and now kill a dog, and are growing pot and they want to turn the tables around on the victim and yall helped them.. I hope yall sleep well at night.

    • ImOpining

      ???

      • D Renee Dykes

        The police went with a warrant and found the dog in their dumpster, which btw is illegal..They lied and said they hadnt seen the dog..The poor dog had a gunshot wound to its back and to its neck..Shot it not once, but twice..Would you want these ppl as your neighbors..and yes she was going on a hunch after hearing 3 shots fired and seeing only one of her dogs return from the area the shots were fired..Then Channel 12 news tried to turn it around on the one whos dog was shot..Last I heard even the police will tell you they go on hunches..we are a close knit community and can guarantee you this is not the last of this..we will help legally with everything we can throw at these lieing murdering theives..and yes I said theives..they hid her dog so thats stealing..Take up for these dog killers all you want..I just hope they dont move next door to you.

        • ImOpining

          Who said I was taking up for anyone? I was just curious about the facts of this case. That’s all.

          • D Renee Dykes

            Was referring to 12 news.

          • ImOpining

            Ah, okay. Thanx for letting me know.
            I thought : Day-hum, what did I do!

    • Misrepresenting truth is lying

      Did you see them kill the dog. Or have evidence. And yes a child having her picture blasted with dog killer is harassment, from an adult none the less. And they loved their dogs sadly the got ran over and they made a special burial for them. Now you are saying they grow pot….Come on man. This is crazy. Assuming that someone shot the dog and has its body because they own a gun or heard shots, how many people in Jasper alone own a gun and target shoot. Either way leave the child out of it. Grown people picking on children seems like the way to get justice right? If you think they did it prove it stop spreading what you assume happened as fact. Or do we need a dictionary to understand the difference.

      • CDD

        The I’d child involved herself when she went to school telling everyone her grandfather shot the dog. If she thought those kids weren’t going to come tell their parents she’s as stupid as her parents. Same with the drugs, when you tell the wrong people you are doing drugs it’s gonna come back around too. The truth always come out. As I said the dogs owner may have posted a picture on Facebook however that isn’t a threat.. I saw the post I watched news, the news showed everything the dog owner posted so do you think they should get the news station for harassment? Be logical and not stupid about this now…

        • Misrepresenting truth is lying

          Well considering I actually have first hand knowledge of the situation and know about the burial of their dogs who is being stupid….. The dog that was taken by Marc wasn’t even theirs. And they have only lived there for just a lil bit so I’m guessing you have been trespassing on their ten acres to see this supposed pot growing right? And some kids told you that she said it at school….Right BC rumors never get twisted amount kids let along adults. And I draw the line at you calling her stupid… You are a bully who is misinformed and as far as her intelligence let us just say you would have to get up early and stay up late for a few years of studying to maybe be able to get to her level. What am I saying? With the maturity you are showing with your comments I bet you had a 4.0….No…Sorry guess not but she does. Her grandad and step dad were target shooting. And the owner heard it and had no idea where her dog was and when she didn’t find her told everyone they shot it and had the body. So where is this absolute proof. I am very sorry for her dog being gone just like the girl you call stupid I am a animal lover. Well my rabbit passed away sometime between me feeding him and checking on him and I heard shots so I am gona tell everyone the neighbor of my choosing shot near it giving it a heart attack or maybe I’ll think of something else that I absolutely have no proof of to suit me. Or maybe I’ll have my child go harrass the kid at school and then when it starts rumors I’ll call the news and try to start a hate rally. That will make me feel soooo much better. THE POINT: none of this will bring back her dog. And perpetrating an assumption as fact to start all of this and involve a child is not going to bring back Shiloh. My condolences whatever happened to the furbaby is unbelievably sad. All of us have felt that pain. But why, why why do this. This is out of control and rediculous. I am not a child so as I raise my children this is exactly the point I make to them about assuming and letting others assume it’s the truth it gets out of hand easily. So if you know so much where is your proof. Because before you damn someone to a lifetime of unsolicited anger against them you better damn well be positive you are absolutely correct. Gossip helps ignorance pave the road to hell. And unknowingly people with good intentions are spreading this making it worse. Let us be grown. And act that way lead by example instead of making a mockery of yourself. Pull our head out of the teen mindset and use the brain the good Lord gave us!!!!!!! I’ll pray for y’all. And for comfort over the loss of Shiloh. One last thing, you owe the child an apology for your impulsive text that is if you can stand up and take responsibility enough to admit when you are wrong. But that’s between you and God. Thank you and good night!!!!

          • Misrepresenting truth is lying

            Sorry I forgot to add that the owner is offering a reward for information, return or body of the dog. Which is understandable. But if you absolutely know they shot her and have her body why would you need info and include the words return or her body. The posts and interview on the news didn’t ask for this. If you didn’t know for sure why wouldn’t you just say that. Or that you think or believe. But instead it has been stated as fact misleading everyone. Glad none of y’all are in control of judging and sentencing people. Again just some insight for you to think on..

          • CDD

            Look you don’t know me nor my level of intelligence. If you don’t like the things that are being said about them then maybe they need to get their daughter in check and tell her to stop talking about their business. No I haven’t been on their property and don’t care to. I don’t like people like that, I’m just saying they started way more than they can handle.. I have a family to take care of and life to live so I’m out… they have to live with their demons not me…

          • CDD

            Now that the owner got her warrant and was able to retrieve her dog from the dumpster what do you have to say for these sorry ass people. They need to go back to where they came from. They aren’t welcome here..