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Animal Activists Call For Action After Puppy Abuse Allegations

By Meghan Pinkley
By mpinkley@wbbjtv.com

The animal activists in Weakley County say animal abuse is not uncommon in West Tennessee, especially in their specific area.

Not only did the they voice terror over the killing of a 4-month-old Saint Bernard, they issued a warning to the public about what the future could hold for the two young Dresden boys.

Josh Pool, president of Native Way Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, said Northwest Tennessee is one of the most serious areas for abuse towards dogs.

"We've done a study for every citizen that lives in Weakley County there are at least ten animals running at large," added Pool. He went on to say there is another side to animal cruelty. "Many studies have been done by universities showing that every inmate that sits on death row in this country started by killing animals."

Neighbors to Preston Odle, 18, who is one of the suspects accused in the torture killing of his puppy said they are not surprised by the charges he now faces.

"I do hope that this person gets the help that they need," said Christina Colley.

Levi Evans, 19, who is also charged with aggravated animal cruelty posted this on his Facebook, Monday, "I just want to give my appologys (sic) to the people i offended for the dog situation. I have realized i wasn't thinking and it was very very immature. I know what i did was wrong and i want to try and fix this! i know the dog was helpless and it was just a little puppy! But i am not trying to say i didn't dowrong (sic) but i am not the reason why the dog died! The dog was stabbed by the other person i sat there and didn't say anything and when the dog started screamin (sic) i kicked it in the head. very dumb and immature! but stop postin (sic) we should die and things! i am paying for every action i made..thanks."

Both Evans and Odle are currently free on bond.