PETITION TARGET: Knoxville Police Chief Eve M. Thomas
UPDATE (11/4/2021): The innocent dog thrown from a 30-foot overpass and dubbed the “Good Sam Dog” while recovering from her injuries at an animal hospital has a new name — Daphne — and a new start with a loving forever home.
Daphne received emergency medical care for multiple fractures and other injuries at the University of Tennessee Veterinary Medical Center. She then went to an experienced medical foster with the Young-Williams Animal Center, where she received excellent care along with her new name.
“Her foster mom named her Daphne, which means victory,” the Young-Williams Animal Center said in a post. “She slowly started to show her sweet personality along with lots more energy.”
While Daphne was still recovering from her ordeal, she landed a loving forever home and was officially adopted on April 14, 2020, said Amy Miller, marketing director for the rescue.
“Truly an inspiration, Good Sam Dog made a full recovery,” she told Lady Freethinker (LFT). “She’s thriving in her forever home.”
Miller added that the Animal Compassion Fund allows emergency medical care for stray, lost, or abandoned animals.
“We’re grateful for the outpouring of love Daphne received and hope her story inspires interest and support for animal welfare,” she said.
–Lady Freethinker Staff
A defenseless puppy suffered bleeding from the mouth, paw abrasions, and a possible broken leg after someone threw her from a 29-foot overpass, leaving her for dead in the middle of the night.
Officer Kevin Aguilar of the Knoxville Police Department, who happened to be parked beneath the overpass, heard a grunting male voice, followed by a loud impact and yelping as the puppy hit the ground.
“I was in shock,” Aguilar said. “The first thing I was thinking was there’s no way someone just threw a dog off that bridge.”
Abandoned and scared, the injured dog lay bleeding on the ground until the officers transported her to the University of Tennessee Veterinary Medical Center. While she recovers from her injuries, the person who committed this disgusting act has yet to be found.
This innocent animal deserves justice. Please, sign this petition urging Knoxville Police Chief Eve M. Thomas to use every available resource in this investigation to find those responsible.
This is an ongoing investigation. The Knoxville Police Department encourages anyone with direct knowledge of this unspeakable act to come forward. You can call the Crime Hotline at 865-215-7212 or the Animal Control Unit at 865-215-8640.