ALDF Offers $5,000 Reward for Information after Knox County Dogs Found Skinned and Beheaded

Posted on July 1, 2015

For immediate release:

Megan Backus, ALDF

knox-county-sherriff-article-image-200PXKNOX COUNTY — The national nonprofit Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrator(s) responsible for mutilating two dogs in rural Knox County, Tennessee last week. According to the Knox County Sheriff’s Office, the dogs were found beheaded, skinned, burned, and with broken legs. Their bodies were discovered early Wednesday morning, June 24, at the corner of Jenkens Lane and Canton Hollow Road, just north of Fort Loudoun Lake. Necropsies confirmed that the bodies were dogs.

In addition to $5,000 from the Animal Legal Defense Fund, other organizations—PETA, the Managing Director of the Friends of the Animal Shelter in Newport, the Humane Society of Tennessee Valley, and Ed Loy, with the Fort Loudon Marina—have also contributed, bringing the total reward to $17,000.

Sheriff Jimmy “J.J.” Jones of the Knox County Sheriff’s Office said, “I am hoping with such a large reward that someone will come forward who has knowledge of this heinous incident. We’re also tremendously grateful to these organizations for their support.”

Under Tenn. Code § 39-14-212, aggravated animal cruelty—conduct done or carried out in a depraved and sadistic manner, which tortures or maims an animal—is a Class E felony, which requires a minimum of one year imprisonment (up to six years) in addition to a possible fine of up to $3,000.

“Anyone who would commit such a violent act of cruelty is a real danger to the community,” said Stephen Wells, executive director of the Animal Legal Defense Fund. “We hope that this reward will help to bring these perpetrators to justice.”

Anyone with information that might lead to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for the killing of these dogs should call the Knox County Sheriff’s Office at 865-215-2461.

75 thoughts on “ALDF Offers $5,000 Reward for Information after Knox County Dogs Found Skinned and Beheaded

  1. beatriz escalera says:

    praying for their capture. can’t imagine what those dogs went through. heartless and cruel and people like that don’t deserve to be alive.

    1. Jeaneen says:

      You are so right! When they find them they should get the same treatment. Such crazy people could do this to children too. Dogs are such loving and trusting animals and people so vicious and these people were born without souls.

      1. Barbara kite says:

        I hope they catch them. In my neighborhood there dogs disappearing. Wish I could catch them in the act. They even talk about shooting people’s dog. Sick sick people.

  2. Sylvie Bellemare says:

    Abusers are dangerous and should go in jail.

  3. denise smith says:

    these people must be very sick in the head!!

  4. SuSAN says:

    This is a red flag for a serious deep mental illness! I see it all the time. I’m glad a county is now taking this seriously!

  5. The demons that did this should no be in society they r a threat to humans too. Don’t waste money on jail time 4 monsters such as this. They need to be put down. Non humanely!

    1. Erika says:

      I was going to say the same thing! Save taxpayers money and do the same thing to the person. Then that scumbag can see how it feels to be treated inhumanly and then that person can go bye- bye. One less asshole on the planet!

    2. Maria says:

      OMG!!!! The Demons who DID this need to be put away for life!!!!!! Twisted and demented POS should not be running loose!!!

  6. dana dohm says:

    We should be able to contribute to the reward fund. Anyone capable of doing this has no soul. They should be put away forever. And they have proven they are quite capable of doing horrible things to people.

    1. Tasha says:

      I was thinking the same thing!




      I agree 100% to start a petiton to punish these cruel people who did this to these beautiful animals, they need to be put in prison and never be able to own
      a pet

  8. Stacey Dennis says:

    this kind of torture must NOT go unpunished. whomever is responsible is sick and dangerous and should be in jail.

    1. Sandy Trombley says:

      I agree with you.

  9. Sick beyond belief that people can be so inhumane. They must be demonic or completely mentally sick. All abusers of such heinous crimes.

  10. Connie Sheeder says:

    This kind of treatment to animals calls for a much stronger jail sentence than what you are talking about. Change your laws.

  11. Animals should be loved!!!

  12. Debra Spring says:

    We must stop the abuse of animals – their lives depend on us!

  13. Sue Griffiths says:

    Please find the bastards who did this, and give them a heavy fine and jail time.

  14. Tammy wilson says:

    People who hurt, torture, or kill animals usually turn into seriel killers later so they need to be locked up and throw away the key

  15. Carol DeBenedetto says:

    This is the worst yet.

    I am praying that u find them and give them heavy jail time and fines. Don’t let them out of jail because all of us will be in danger!!
    This is beyond belief.
    Those poor animals.

    1. Matthew Theis says:

      In my eyes, forget about jail. We’re way past that. I have no sympathy for people that do this & don’t deserve to live or be here with us on this earth. Just being honest.

  16. Joanne LeBlanc says:

    The laws need to change to reflect this type of crime. Whoever did this does not belong on the street as this is a very depraved SOB. Hopefully somebody comes forward and they catch this person and throw the key away. Not fit to live amongst the human race. This makes me sick to think what those dogs went through and the punishment has to fit the crime.

  17. Matthew Theis says:

    I can’t believe how this person or people would do this? To go as far & further is beyond sick. I hope & pray to God those responsible are caught. Give me a ticket there & I’d be looking for whoever did this & wouldn’t stop until I found them.R.I.P. little one’s.

  18. Donna Underwood Owens says:

    The individuals who did this are not human. I often think of what they would do to a child if they did not think they would be caught. They are truly a danger to society .
    I cannot think of any torture that would be good enough for them because if doing so we are as bad as they are.

  19. Catherine says:

    The people that commit these crimes really wish to inflict this pain on people ….as to why there should be harsher punishment for these crimes…to most of us our pets are loved like family!! So heartbreaking and than person needs to rot in a cell for the rest of his life

  20. Nino says:

    Please, capture them and put in the min jail!!! And if anybody knows anything ,I think it is their duty to let the police know who these people are.

  21. j says:

    This story broke my heart and made me angry but then all the support shown in the comments for the poor puppies gives me hope that the world is changing and we can end Cruelty and Abuse of the innocent.

    But we need to seriously and harshly punish the perpetrator’s of such mindless, soulless heinous cruelness.

  22. Gayle says:

    STOP with the fines and put these ******* in JAIL where they belong!!!! Damn, how cruel.

  23. Barb Cole says:

    This kind of depravity can only start with animals and progress to people, these sick bas**rds need to be caught and put away!

  24. Leslene Dunn says:

    Jesus Christ, let these *)&()&*@ brutal and filthy savage sobs be found, let animal lovers necklace the bastards, put a tyre around them filled with petrol and set them alight. Let them know pain, suffering and fear beyond measure.

  25. Mary Busbin says:

    What these individuals have done is unforgivable. They are sick. This must stop
    and they must pay, not just pay but pay dearly tthe maximum penalty allowed by the law.

  26. Amy petterson says:

    This is sickening beyond belief. Makes me ashamed to be human. Can’t comprehend what would make someone do this. Just makes me sick to my stomach.

  27. Sue says:

    I agree with Tammy Wilson , who ever did this is a cruel evil sick person, anyone who can do this to a poor defenceless animal will do to a human sooner or later, A serial killer, they could be praticing on animals. They need to be caught quick ,locked up, throw away the key , or better still have their legs broken, skinned,beheaded,and burned….

  28. lynette mayo says:

    These are very sick people, they are brain damaged in the area of “Empathy Circuitry” this kind or murder is rage, and even people are vulnerable to people who are this psychologically sick ! !

  29. joyce micaleff says:

    Sick people they first start with animals and they end to humans they become serial killers .Throw him to jail for ever

  30. Christine Welch says:

    I absolutely agree with all of the comments. These evil people should not be allowed to live. They bring misery and suffering with their callous despicable behaviour that is totally unacceptable in a civilised society. All animal abuse should be treated as it would be if it was a human being. Animals need to protection badly and they are not getting it. At least in the US you do seem to take more action, here in the Uk these monsters get a couple of weeks in prison.

  31. Linda Garnica says:

    I hope you find these mentally ill people. This won’t be the last instance of their cruelty so please find them and lock them up–FOREVER is a good place to start.

  32. Christina Moecker says:

    stop and handle it fast….

  33. Marilyn Byrne Graziano says:

    I agree with Lynette Mayo! I hope these demons are found quickly and punished so severly for the rest of their days!!!

  34. Michelle Foster says:

    Absolutely disgusting! Whomever did this deserves nothing less than what they did to the poor helpless animals!

  35. sharon chang says:

    their will be mercy for the animals but,no mercy for man!

  36. J says:

    Was anyone caught yet? This is horrible the piece of shit low life should be tortured now!

  37. Sandy Trombley says:

    This should outrage everyone ! I pray you get
    the person (s) responsible and anyone knowing of this act and not coming forward.

    Sandy T in CA

    Please pass a law requiring pets be spayed and neuter ed.



  39. Pamela Collins says:

    OMG, this just made me physically sick! Whoever committed these horrific crimes are evil, sick monsters! I hope with such a huge reward they are captured and put in prison for life! So sick and disturbing!

  40. Ruhee says:

    Find these psychopaths and show them no mercy. Very upsetting to know that there is so much evil around.

  41. Hugh Smith says:

    These perpetrators must be found and the full might of the law implemented, they should be locked away for life.

  42. Raymond Bartlett says:

    This evil act is sickening. I pry they give them the max penalty. They are lucky not to live around me. I would try to find them before the police. I would truly make them dog food and not think twice about it. Yes it sounds like I’m as gone as them but do onto others seems fitting for this guy.

  43. margaret coward says:

    I think we have to teach our kids while they are young that animals are treated with respect and that they are part of the family, that they have feelings and feel pain like we do. It’s so sad really that anyone can stoop this low and take it out on an innocent animal. Shows the spineless wimps they really are…….

  44. Ruth says:

    I thought this was ASIA!!!! This evil scum doesnt deserve to live in a normal society,They have forfeited that right . For me , I would exterminate them! we dont need wicked psychopathic trash like this in our midst!

  45. Catherine Robinson says:

    Innocent dogs deserve justice for the evil inflicted on them by so called “humans” ? Monsters is what they are!!

  46. Janice Banks says:

    All abusers should receive jail time plus rehabilitation.

  47. How terrible dear lord what is happening to this world people are do cold hearted how can they do these abusive things please dear lord help guide use tto year monsters

  48. eser gulabi says:


  49. Glennis Whitney says:

    Deplorable, sickening.

  50. I can’t describe how sick I am over this incident . As a therapist, I can professionally say behavior like this indicates a predisposition to further violence and often an escalation to humans. I agree if they are caught the penalty is too light for the crime. People like this should not be granted the luxury to coexist with others…ever. Moreover, not only should the ownership of such a crime be addressed but it is just as important that the outrage of others over this crime be heard .

    Better said by Albert Einstein, ” The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but the people who don’t do anything about it.”

    I would like to thank all the people who spoke up and understand it is our responsible as humans is to do something about it.

  51. We need stronger sentences to fit the crimes. People who do unspeakable acts to animals are capable of escalating to more heinous crimes. Please protect the public at large and stop these monsters from themselves!

  52. Holly says:

    i am so very sorry this happened to these doggies,i sure hope they find the person or persons that did this and they do not even deserve anything but the same treatment back,,,it says an Eye for an Eye in the sweet babies

  53. Marilyn Beidler says:

    I feel that these criminals should either be locked up permanently or else have tracking monitors on them permanently….some way to watch them constantly to make sure they don’t hurt animals or people again. Guess that is a prison. It is extremely upsetting to know there are sick people around us all. People need training so they can see the red flags.

  54. Carol French says:

    Oh Lord I thought this happened in places like South Korea & China. Not this close to home . I live in Canada & the USA is just a spit away. I will be holding my dog close!!

  55. Hugh Smith says:

    This world has a number of really sick and depraved people who don’t belong in civilised society and need to be put away in prison so their evil activities stop.

  56. Janice Banks says:

    It is inexcusable inhumane behavior, that disgusts the rest of the world. I should think you could find humane nourishment and thrills and gain back the world’s respect.

  57. Glennis Whitney says:


  58. IVONNE CARLSON says:

    People like these that will do such horrendous thing to these animals, will eventually graduated to do it also to people. They are depraved and inhuman…

  59. Monika Koestler says:

    do the People responsible for this sort of atrocity think they’re civilised?

  60. Susan Frudd says:

    This is quite unbelievable to think a ‘human’ being if that’s what they are could commit such a vile, barbaric, inhumane and wicked crime. There must be a severe punishment for such a crime, one that will include a jail sentence and a long one so as to also act as a deterrent. God Bless the animals X

  61. Steve says:

    While I am certainly not condoning any act of cruelty upon animals, I feel that the above story does not give me enough information to be as vitriolic as everyone else.
    Nothing is stated about the state of the dogs at the time of their death or even how they died. Were they dead before they were skinned and beheaded? If they were killed quickly, with a gunshot perhaps, then the mutilation of their bodies may not be as deplorable or cruel an act as it would seem as they would not have felt it.

    1. June says:

      OMG, Steve are you serious? What kind of a MONSTER would even do that to an animal already dead? That leads me to believe that this kind of atrocity does not bother you. Wow. Hope you live FAR away from me!

  62. Lisa says:

    Anyone that can do something so Vile and disgusting needs to be removed from society forever!! This is only the beginning of what they are truly capable of…there is nothing in the world that could fix this type of “person”

  63. Pat Larsen says:

    Anyone who can do harm in any way to a poor defenseless animal in my opinion deserves felony convictions…If they can do that to an animal, they can and will do it to a human….We must as a society start cleaning up somewhere.

  64. Anne says:

    Even ISIS couldn’t have thought of all of those tortures combined! Shocking beyond words.

  65. June says:

    The persons that did this is a SOCIOPATH and a serial killer in the making. Law enforcement knows what they have on their hands because ALL serial killers started out torturing animals before they moved on to humans. This person needs to be caught immediately. He is a danger to the public and to the “other” person that knows what he did. That person needs to come forward because someone ALWAYS knows. He might just do it to YOU next. Step up and turn him in. You will be a safe person without a guilty conscience for the rest of your life. Next time it might be your child. Do the RIGHT thing!

  66. daniellel says:

    As heinous as this was, my first 2 thoughts were, this is the same type of stuff animal researchers do (hopefully every person who commented here does not support/donate to animal research and 2,skinning dogs is what China does also except they skin them while the animal is still alive – the youtube video shows the animal moving after it was skinned. It is sick and every person who mistreats, researches on, neglects, abandons,tortures or does anything of the like should be required to either do prison time and/or mandatory psychiatric help.

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