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Man arrested for allegedly stabbing chained dog to death

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According to Tuesday's Dyersburg State Gazette, a Tennessee man was arrested for allegedly slashing the throat of his neighbor's dog.

Dyersburg resident, Michael Hendricks, 27, is believed to be responsible for killing Linda Spain's three-year-old German shepherd, "Dallas," on June 12.

Dallas was chained in his own yard at the time that he was killed and investigators believe that the person responsible may have been petting the dog just prior to slashing his neck.

The responding Dyersburg police officer stated that it:

"appeared that someone was either petting the dog or captured the dog's attention and stabbed him in an uppercut motion with a large bladed knife."

A responding animal control officer with the Dyersburg/Dyer County Humane Society arrived to the home and informed the investigating officer that Hendricks owned a dog who a neighbor had witnessed entering Spain's yard to fight with the chained German shepherd. The officer also stated that Hendricks had phoned the Humane Society and requested that Dallas be picked up and destroyed.

When questioned, Hendricks initially denied that he had any part in the dog's death - however, during an interview at his home, one of his six children stated:

"we didn't even know the dog's throat was cut."

The officer speaking to the family had not shared information about how the dog had died.

Dallas' owner and other neighbors described him as a sweet, gentle dog who never displayed any signs of aggression. Hendricks was booked into jail after resisting arrest; he was released after posting bond.

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