Community lines up to meet Chip the dog

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SELMER, Tenn. — People lined up Saturday to get a chance to meet Chip the dog, allegedly abused in McNairy County. “We are behind the scenes. No one really sees what we do,” Jennifer Pinick said. “When you have a celebrity, all of a sudden what you’re doing becomes so much more important.” Hardin Animal Relocation and Transition Team held a meet-and-greet with Chip. They brought him and his furry friends to help educate people about fosters and animal abuse. “All these children out here are seeing what it is supposed to be like and how animals can be treated,” Pinick said. Chip became an overnight celebrity after photos of his alleged abuse circulated the Internet. Veterinarians say in those pictures you can see burn damage to his face and blunt trauma to his head. “We are trying to find out who did this to Chip,” Julie Marecki said. “The [McNairy County] Sheriff’s Office says they have no leads, but the reward is increasing and we hope to find out more information soon.” When he is fully grown, Chip will require multiple surgeries to fix his injuries. Vets say it could cost thousands of dollars. Chip’s foster mom, Julie Marecki, is now his owner. She says she will be training Chip to be a therapy dog that will hopefully visit burn victims and hospital patients in the near future. If you have any information involving Chip’s case, contact the McNairy County Sheriff’s Office at 731-645-1004.

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