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Kingsport dog owner denies animal abuse after video posted online

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Buster Allen Jackson, 54, of High Ridge Drive in Sullivan County, Tenn. says he loves his dog and denies charges of animal abuse despite a video recorded by his neighbor over the weekend showing Jackson allegedly dragging his dog by the rear leg while the dog cries in pain reported

The video shows a man, fitting Jackson's description, dragging a white dog with brown spots on its back holding on to one of the dog's hind legs down a hill. The dog is crying out in pain and fear all the way.

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On Tuesday, Jackson appeared in court and denied all allegations of mistreating his dog named Patty. Until a judge determines if Patty should be released, the dog will remain in the temporary custody of Sullivan County Animal Shelter.

According to a shelter representative, Becky Birdwell:

"Her future is very bright. She's rambunctious, she's frisky, she likes to jump, but she's here at the shelter. She is safe. If he relinquishes custody of her, we can adopt her out immediately or foster her out."

Patty is in good health, and did not seem to have suffered any physical harm.

Jackson adopted Patty last month from the Kingsport Animal Shelter.

An August 21 court hearing is scheduled. Jackson remains free on a criminal summons.

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