HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. - It's been nearly two months since a puppy was dragged behind a car to die and now there are questions about why no one has been charged for the crime.
Seven-month-old Forrest is a Great Pyrenees mix. He was allegedly tied up behind his owner's car and dragged when a shelter didn't have space for him in July.
Forrest is still covered in skin abrasions and road rash following the dragging. He faces a long road to recovery, which includes orthopedic surgery for his injuries.
The physical wounds will likely heal much faster than the emotional ones will.
Even though Forrest was very friendly when NewsChannel 5 met him, he can be very skittish, and even territorial.
The dog is now being fostered through Big Fluffy Dogs Rescue. Founder Jean Harrison wonders why the investigation, and charges against the former owner are taking so long.
NewsChannel 5 is not identifying the person that is believed to have dragged him because there have been no charges filed.
"This is a 6-month-old puppy that got tied to the bumper of a car and dragged," Harrison said. "That takes a level of cruelty and torture that I'm not typically seeing."
The district attorney in Sumner County says he has heard about this investigation but it has not been formally presented to him.
The Hendersonville Police Department did not respond to a request for an update on the investigation.
Big Fluffy Dogs is raising money to pay back the private citizens that shelled out thousands for his initial care and to pay for the months of help he will need to fully recover.
To donate or learn more about the organization, visit its website.