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Authorities with the Sevier County Sheriff’s Office are seeking help identifying the person or persons accused of abandoning four dogs near Cove Mountain.
Three of the dogs were found dead, yet the fourth is currently being cared for by the Pets Without Parents animal shelter in Sevier County.
The shelter named the dog Christmas Hope in honor of the holiday season, and plans to update its status on the Facebook page as information becomes available.
Pets Without Parents confirmed Tuesday that Christmas Hope was in stable condition and recovering, though still unavailable for adoption. They ask that all interested parties please refrain from calling the shelter to adopt Christmas Hope until they update her status.
“The hardest thing is we don’t really know what happened we don’t know how bad of a situation she was in or how she ended up in that situation,” Charity Combs, an animal care technician said in an earlier interview with WBIR.
Pets Without Parents encourages people thinking of abandoning their dogs or other pets to utilize the resources offered by the shelter and others in the area rather than put the animal’s life in danger.
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Corporal Phil King with Sevier County Animal Control asks anyone with information concerning the abandoned dogs to contact him at 774-3914. Callers can remain anonymous.

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