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Facebook photo of dog tied to trailer in Knox County under investigation

Why wouldn't the dog be in the car instead of tied to the back of an open trailer on a hot summer day?
Why wouldn't the dog be in the car instead of tied to the back of an open trailer on a hot summer day?
Facebook photo via wbir.com

The Knox County Sheriff's Office in Knoxville, Tennessee confirmed on Sunday that they are investigating a disturbing Facebook photo showing a small dog tied to a trailer unable to move its back legs reported wbir.com.

The photo has been wending its way around social media, and concerned animal advocates have voiced their concerns about the safety of the dog; both tied on an open trailer and especially the photo with the little dog's legs tangled up.

The dog appeared to be sitting on the back railing of the open trailer, and its legs were either tangled in a rope or leash or tied. Another photo shows the driver of the vehicle get out of the car to free the dog's legs. The photos were taken at a stop light at the corner of Campbell Station Road and Grigsby Chapel Road in Farragut.

"Prius towing trailer, with tangled/tied dog on trailer, actually on the road, going somewhere...Who does this?," asked a Facebook reader.

No one has been arrested or charged with any crime.

Just last week, a Facebook photo of two young children hanging a terrier upside down was posted by the children's grandmother. Springfield Police officers in Bay County, Florida investigated the disturbing photograph. The mother of the children stated the photo was innocent and that her kids were actually playing "animal rescue" based on an episode of Animal Planet where a dog was hoisted out of a canyon.

The grandmother has since apologized on Facebook, however not before Bay County Animal Control removed the terrier and another dog from the children's home.

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