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Macon County man charged with felony animal cruelty for starving his dog

Many thanks to Animal Control Officer Corey Lawrence for helping to protect the lives of pets. Please take your pets indoors when the weather is extremely cold. Report all cases of animal neglect.
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In a very disturbing case of animal cruelty in Tennessee, authorities arrested Shawn Day, 38, for allegedly starving his dog and leaving the three-year-old squirrel dog in a backyard shed to freeze to death reports the

Day's arrest came almost one month later after Macon County Animal Control officers were called to the suspect's home on Old RBS Road in Lafayette.

A tip from a social media page led authorities to Day's home where they found the dog curled up in a corner dead and frozen to the floor. Day told Animal Control Officer Corey Lawrence the dog had died of accidental poisoning.

After a necropsy which showed the dog died of serious emaciation and hypothermia, Day was arrested on Feb. 5.

Rest in peace young dog. We are sorry you had to suffer such a painful death.

If found guilty Day faces a maximum fine of $3,000 and a prison term up to six years.

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