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KCSO investigates picture of dog tied to trailer

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A 6 News viewer sent us this picture of what appears to be a dog tied to a trailer. A 6 News viewer sent us this picture of what appears to be a dog tied to a trailer.
The dog in the picture is Buddy, a playful Jack Russell Terrier, just under a year old. The dog in the picture is Buddy, a playful Jack Russell Terrier, just under a year old.
“The dog's in good shape, he's learning tricks and we're happy together,” explained Bob Hill, the dog's owner. “The dog's in good shape, he's learning tricks and we're happy together,” explained Bob Hill, the dog's owner.
Bob Hill said he's shocked the response the photo has received and the accusations circulating on social media that he tied his dog by his feet are simply untrue. Bob Hill said he's shocked the response the photo has received and the accusations circulating on social media that he tied his dog by his feet are simply untrue.
By ALEXIS ZOTOS
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – The Knox County Sheriff's Office is investigating a photo of a dog that appears to be tied up in the back of a trailer that has now gone viral.

Several concerned viewers reached out to us about the photo. Two photos were taken near Campbell Station Road on Sunday and they quickly circulated around social media.  

The dog in the picture is Buddy, a playful Jack Russell Terrier, just under a year old.

“The dog's in good shape, he's learning tricks and we're happy together,” explained Bob Hill, the dog's owner.

Hill said he's shocked the response the photo has received and the accusations circulating on social media that he tied his dog by his feet are simply untrue.

“I thought well he likes the fresh air, he's ridden in the trailer once before no problem so I let him ride in the trailer, he was happier. I watched him closely, I secured him very good to where he could get not out,” explained Hill.

He said Buddy was whining when he was in the front seat and that's why he let him ride in the back. But as soon as the dog looked like he was twisted, Hill got out of the car to help.

“He had turned around a few times and got the leash around one leg and he was just sitting there, he wasn't agonizing, he wasn't in pain,” said Hill.

Some people have been blasting him online for allowing the dog to ride in the trailer.

“What was represented by this photograph showed a lack of good judgment in the proper safe and humane transport of an animal,” said Laura Perry, an animal advocate who has shared the photo on her Facebook page.

The photo has been shared hundreds of times and the Knox County Sheriff's Office says they have received dozens of calls. KCSO spokesperson Martha Dooley says they are investigating and have been in contact with the district attorney's office. The investigation centers around a law regarding the safe and humane transport of an animal.

“Are they being restrained in a way that is painful or injured the animal on how they're being transported?” explained KCSO spokesperson Martha Dooley.

We asked if it is legal for a pet owner to allow a dog to ride in the back of a pick up truck or trailer.

“It depends on how the dog is restrained,” Dooley said. She said they have received additional pictures that they are reviewing at this time.

Officers have examined the dog and found no signs of injury and Buddy appears to be a happy and healthy dog.

“I grew up in a rural area where dogs ride in pickup trucks and trailers all the time,” explained Hill. “I love Buddy, Buddy loves me too, licks me to death.”

Hill said next time he will put Buddy in a carrier that's secured to the trailer, which according to the sheriff's department, is considered an acceptable way to transport an animal.

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