Rally Planned To Protest Coffee Co. Animal Control Policy
MANCHESTER, Tenn. – A rally is planned for Friday to protest a mid-state county's animal control policy after a dog was shot and killed.
Local organizers said the public protest will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Coffee County Animal Control Shelter. They are teaming up with national leaders from organizations like PETA to bring attention to the controversy in Coffee County.
The main concern is how Coffee County's animal control officers are euthanizing dogs, after a dog owner said his dog, Toby, was shot in the head by an animal control officer and then dumped out in the garbage.
Toby's owner Bryan Pennington told the Tullahoma Times that his 16-year old dog was blind in one eye and was taking medicine for arthritis when he was taken in by animal control.
An animal control officer also told the newspaper that he thought that was the policy, but protestors said it's time for a policy change.
Next week, county leaders are expected to hold a special meeting to discuss the issue further.