NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Animal control officers make a gruesome discovery at a mid-state home. A dog is found with his head nearly severed.
As a Metro animal control officer, Billy Biggs sees dogs abandoned every day.
Jada, a pit bull mix, is one of the lucky ones. She's still alive, but her yard mate wasn't as fortunate.
"We get there and the dog was not in too good of shape," said Biggs. "He had an embedded steal chain around the neck and made contact with the owner."
Found nearly decapitated, animal control officers say the pit bull mix suffered before he was euthanized.
You could smell the dog and infection in the neck," said Biggs. "An ingrown collar doesn't happen overnight."
Joshlyn Russell-Moore has been cited for misdemeanor animal cruelty after officials got an anonymous call to check out her Pierce Road home in Madison.
This poor dog-it was months before it got this bad luckily someone reported it, except that it was too late. Neighbors say they are in shock.
"That's awful even though I'm scared of dogs, I wouldn't want anyone to do anything to a dog or a cat," said Cheryl "They have feelings and hurt like we do. That is sad."
According to the citation, Russell- Moore tells police the dogs belonged to an ex-boyfriend who hadn't been back to the house in a month. Russell-Moore has until February 6 to be booked, and she could face additional charges at that time.