Tennessee teens charged with killing puppy


Reporter - Julie Collins
Photojournalist - David Dycus

DRESDEN, Tenn. — Two Tennessee teens are charged with animal cruelty after a puppy was found with a knife wound in its back..

Police arrested 18-year-old Preston Odle and 19-year-old Levi Evans May 15 after they received a call about alleged animal abuse.

Both are charged with aggravated animal cruelty.

According to court records, a Weakly County man called police after he got the 4-month-old St. Bernard puppy from Odle. He told police the dog was limping and foaming at the mouth. When he brought the dog home, he found a knife wound in it's back. The dog later died.

News of the abused dog spread fast in the small town of Dresden, Tennessee, and neighbors are outraged.

"I mean it's just terrible," said Odle's neighbor Shane Ogden. "I don't know what kind of people they are or nothing but to me, what they did is the same as murder. They need to be punished to the fullest extent of the law."

Local 6 went to the teens' homes. Neither one answered the door.

We did get Odle on the phone. However, when asked what he had to say about the charges, he said little.

"I don't want to talk about it," he said.

Both Odle and Evans bonded out of jail and will be back in court June 13.