The heartless monster responsible for putting this poor defenseless dog through hell & left to die should be punished to the full extent of the law--which doesn't even come close to being harsh enough!


Bruno was rescued from certain death yesterday. When rescuers first arrived to his home, he appeared to have already died.

His cold body was lying inside of his makeshift dog-house...his eyes were open, but he was not moving.

Somehow his emaciated body had held on - despite the torturous neglect he had endured.

Bruno's owners forced him to live on the end of a chain, surrounded by mud.

Bruno was not living - he was breathing (barely) but he was not living.

He was existing.

He was suffering.

He was barely holding on.

The Blount County SPCA was alerted to this horrific situation by a neighbor - another day and Bruno would be dead...for that matter, perhaps just another hour.

Rescuers were fearful that Bruno would not survive the night, but he did.

Inside of this broken body is a will to survive. Inside of this frail frame is the spirit of a dog who wants to know kindness - who longs to feel something other than pain.

Bruno is fighting for his life at Village Vet in Maryville.

Blount Co. authorities have charged Hank Anthony Stropp with aggravated animal cruelty after a neighbor reported that a dog appeared to be starving.

The 21-year-old Maryville man turned himself into the Blount County Jail Tuesday night after a warrant was issued for his arrest.

He said he couldn't afford to feed the animal. He's out of jail on bond.

The story of Stropp's dog-- a German Shepard-Chow mix named "Bruno" --has circulated through social media creating an outpouring of support.

In the words of his vet, his recovery is a remarkable one. But the rescuers say so is the community's support.

"He was frozen stiff with his neck thrown back and his eyes bulged out. And at first glance we really thought he was dead," said Crystal Wallace, a Blount County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals volunteer.

Bruno didn't look like he was going to make it through the night when volunteers from the BCSPCA helped save him from starvation.

"The pictures really told a story," Wallace said.

For the past seven days, he's been in Dr. Ed Lehman's care.

"He really did look like an animal with skin stretched over bones. He probably should be a 60 pound dog and he weighed less than 27 pounds. As of Thursday, he weighed 35 pounds," said Dr. Lehman.

The round the clock attention and nourishment has made Bruno a brand new dog.

"He's very popular," said Dr. Lehman.

The dog couldn't walk and could barely blink before he came to Village Veterinary Hospital care. He was emaciated and covered in fleas.

"Most of his problem was just associated with nutrition. So we have a problem with intestinal worms, heart worm disease, but other than that he's made a remarkable comeback. He's a great dog too. Everybody loves him," he said.

In fact, people who've never met him have connected with Bruno. It started when a SPCA volunteer, Crystal Wallace, asked for a prayer on Facebook.

"Next thing I know we were slammed with nearly a thousand dollars in less than 24 hours. It just escalated," said Wallace.

Hundreds of comments on the internet and now nearly $3,500 in donations have been sent Bruno's way.

"It's coming in from everywhere. California, Australia, Florida. It's amazing," she said.

Please do whatever it takes to see this heartless monster is charged and punished to the full extent of the law. That poor defenseless dog did not deserve such horrible mistreatment.. Words cannot express just how heartbreaking it is!

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