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Tennessee rescue agency accused of taking elderly couple's dog

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According to Thursday's Fox 17 News, an elderly couple in Murfreesboro, Tenn., is distraught because the director of a local animal rescue agency allegedly refuses to give them their dog back.

Freda and Robert Haddix claim that their long-haired Chihuahua, "Buddy," was taken in by Penny Jekot, the director of the Humane Alliance of Rutherford County, after they reached out for assistance with house-training the dog.

Freda Haddix alleges that Jekot offered to take the little dog in and work on training him, and she claims that Jekot promised to bring the dog back when the training was done - the director had the couple sign a piece of paper before leaving with Buddy.

Haddix claims that Jekot stated, "She said there's no need I'm in a hurry. She said sign your name and I've got to go," when the couple asked to see what they were signing.

Fox 17 reporter, Stacy Case, caught up with Jekot and questioned her about what took place with Buddy.

When Case asked about the form that the couple signed, Jekot responded:

"I gave her one sheet of paper that was a blank sheet of paper. I said I want you to give me the dog, sign the form that says you give me the dog. She and her husband both signed the paper, dated it. They both signed it and that's the end of it. There's no form that says I give you my dog."

If there was a misunderstanding about the Haddix's intentions for Buddy when they initially signed that piece of paper, Jekot did not seem to want to explain the situation further.When Case questioned Jekot about her intentions for Buddy, she was given a terse response of:

That's none of your business woman."

Buddy is nowhere to be found on the list of adoptable dogs for the Humane Alliance of Rutherford County and Buddy's guardians fear that he will be sold.

According to the Fox 17 publication, the local authorities have encouraged Buddy's original guardians to file a civil complaint.

Click here to see the Fox 17 News clip.

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