Area animal rescue volunteers and a Nashville actress are demanding the community to do more to stop animal abuse and neglect after a small dog was tossed from a moving car in the Whites Creek community.
The dog was still wearing a collar and stake. He was badly malnourished and may not recover from his ordeal.
"We can't continue to let people walk away," Shawn Aswad said. "If they are being cruel to animals, they are being cruel to people."
Aswad founded Snooty Giggles Animal Rescue. The organization rescues animals from around Tennessee and nearby states. Snooty Giggles rescues between 300 and 350 animals a year.
A passerby saw the animal being thrown from a green SUV on Trail Hollow Lane near Brick Church Lane.
The rescuers named the dog "Walter" because Councilman Hunt helped the dog get rescued as opposed to being sent to Metro Animal Control and possibly being put down immediately.
"These guys are prone to sepsis infection, they are prone to certain states of shock because of electrolyte imbalances," Animalia Health and Wellness for Animals Dr. Blake Malone said. "His outlook is what we would call guarded right now. He has been day to day kind of back and forth."
Actress and activist Ashley Judd is helping pay for Walter's medical care.
"It is almost unbearable," she said. "It defies individual and collective humanity to know not just Walter but a lot of animals are treated this way."
She continued, "He has been starved for months and it is absolutely inexcusable both by the people who did it, or any neighbor or passerby who did not intervene."
Aswad said the community needs to report animal abuses and the abusers to help deter the crime.
"There are so many rescues and so many shelters," she said. "The shelters are overwhelmed, the rescues are overwhelmed. There is no reason for this."
Since Friday when Walter was rescued, two more dogs were dumped along Trail Hollow Lane. One of the dogs, named Ilene, is in worse physical shape than Walter.
She was rescued by Robyn's Nest Animal Rescue and Sanctuary.
Ilene is also being treated at Animalia.
The other dog is also in the care of Robyn's Nest. He is a black pit-bull the organization named Pinot. He is in good health, but shows signs of possible abuse.
"Like children these animals, we have chosen to have domesticated, are vulnerable." Judd said. "We are being heinously irresponsible if we treat them other than creatures that are wholly reliant on us for their food, their water and their well being."
Anyone with information on who Walter's owner is or of an animal being abused is urged to contact their local animal control or law enforcement.
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