Chattanooga man arrested, charged with stabbing dog to death Tuesday
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. —
A Chattanooga man is behind bars, charged with stabbing a dog to death Tuesday afternoon.
According to the arrest report, witnesses told a McKamey Animal Center officer an extremely friendly German Shepherd was hanging around the Glass Street neighborhood when it started to follow a man who came to ask them for a cigarette.
Witnesses told police that the man, 20-year-old Cameron Jeffries, told them as he walked away that he would stab the dog if it didn't stop following him.
Moments later, the witnesses say they saw Jeffries chasing the dog, which ran onto their porch, bleeding from two stab wounds.
McKamey sent an officer to the scene, but the dog died on its way to the center.
Chattanooga police arrested Cameron Jeffries at his home on Glass Street and charged him with aggravated cruelty to animals.
Jeffries was taken to Hamilton County on $10,000 bond.
Executive Director Jamie McAloon says they haven't located the dog's owner yet. The male German Shepherd was between 3 and 5 years old.
McKamey veterinarians are conducting a necropsy on the dog.
NewsChannel 9 confirmed with authorities that the dog's owner has been located, and he is understandably upset. He tells authorities the dog was staying with a relative, and he had been looking for him after the dog got out during a storm.
Depend on us to update this story as we learn more.