Jeffrey Coppock (courtesy of Knox County Sheriff’s Dept.)
By J.J. KINDRED
The dog that was the victim of an animal cruelty attack earlier this month has died, according to the Knox County Sheriff’s Office.
Rosie, a Shih Tzu, died April 22 from the injuries she suffered in the April 8 beating. According to the veterinarian’s report, the dog had bruising to the chest, three fractured ribs, a broken tooth and internal injuries and eventually succumbed to kidney failure.
Officials said the dog was being treated at the University of Tennessee Veterinary Hospital after taking a turn for the worse at Young Williams Animal Center.
Jeffrey Coppock, 43, was charged with animal cruelty after officers were called to his girlfriend’s home at 6136 Evening Star Lane and found the dog in the back yard with serious injuries. The dog appeared to have been brutally beaten by Coppock.
The dog had blood around the nose and appeared to have had broken bones, was not breathing consistently and was damp, according to the Sheriff’s Office report.
One of the officers saw several blood spots inside Coppock’s home, and officials with Knox County Animal Control took possession of the dog and also took an Australian mix named Raggs to Young Williams Animal Center for treatment.
Coppock told officers that he had disciplined the dog for barking and jumping and said that the dog bit him. An officer said in the report that Coppock had no bite marks.
Raggs is still in the custody of Young Williams and was not harmed.
Officials said it was determined that both dogs belong to a woman, Kimberly Bruner, who also lived at the Evening Star Lane address.
Coppock was charged with cruelty to animals and was free on $2,500 bond. He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing in Felony Court May 17, and will be responsible for the veterinarian’s bills if he is convicted.