Knox County Shelter Volunteers Fight To Save Dog Scheduled To Be Put Down
Fletch is a two-year-old, brindle colored, mixed lab being held at the Knox County Animal Shelter.
Volunteers at the shelter say Fletch has been there about seven months and nearly two weeks ago was placed in quarantine after he snatched a treat from the hand of a child and scratched her.
Cody Jackson says he is aware the dog has been placed under quarantine but wants to adopt him.
"I have volunteered there for roughly two months with my daughter and after a month long conversation with my oldest daughter, we came to the conclusion that we need to get him out of there," said Cody Jackson
However, volunteers at the Knox County Animal Shelter say the dog warden declared Fletch to be an aggressive animal and ordered the dog be put down.
"Fletch in the last couple of months has developed a bad habit of grabbing treats and what happened with the little girl, when he grabbed a toy, he shouldn't be put down for that," said Volunteer Justine Kight
Jackson and the volunteers, filed, and were granted, an injunction to postpone the scheduled euthanasia.
A 10TV crew went by the shelter Thursday afternoon, but Knox County dog warden Jordan Barnard said due to pending legal action he could not talk about the issue.
Likewise, the Knox County Commissioners said they, too, could not talk about the issue but did pass along a statement:
"We appreciate the volunteers' efforts but given the volatility of the situation, false accusations and pending legal action we feel it best to suspend the volunteer program at the Knox County Animal Shelter."
Volunteers say they are disappointed that their support of Fletch may end the volunteer program.
"Why would you do that when we are talking about free labor, free labor to the tax payers and you want to eliminate those people," said volunteer Brandy Booth.
The volunteers say this will not stop their efforts to protect animals in Knox County but are now focused on making sure Fletch gets the home he deserves.
Cody Jackson says he feels comfortable bringing the dog around is two daughters, ages seven and one, and hopes he is able to bring home the dog they now love.
"The dog just needs to be loved. He has been stuck in a Kennel for far too long he needs to be taken home," said Jackson.