Couple who burned and broke bones of Chihuahua left it in trash bag to die

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In Morristown, Tennessee, an animal cruelty case involving a tiny Chihuahua, so disturbing and heartless, led to the arrest of the dog’s owners on Friday. The couple is accused of having tortured the Chihuahua – breaking bones and burning it in addition to failing to provide her with food, water, shelter or care.

On June 7, police were summoned to the home of Joshua Coffey, 35 and his wife Melissa Coffey, 26. Joshua had called authorities to report his wife had killed the family dog. When police arrived they found the dog in a black trash bag still alive. During the investigation, officers discovered the dog had suffered broken bones and had burn marks on her face.

The dog is now under the care of Morristown-Hamblen Humane Society where she is being treated at the Southern Care Veterinary Hospital. On their Facebook page, the Morristown-Hamblen Humane Society posted the following encouraging update on the dog’s condition:

“We appreciate all the calls on the Chihuahua’s welfare from the cruelty case. However, this is an ongoing criminal case and we cannot discuss it. But we can tell you she is safe and under veterinary care and will continue to receive the treatment necessary to improve her health. Any donations would be appreciated for her ongoing medical care that will be expensive. We will update as we can and any questions or concerns please contact the shelter and not the vet.”

Information concerning the Chihuahua’s abuse via Nbc4iNews.

Donations are being accepted to help with the dog’s medical care.

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30 replies
  1. Adrienne says:

    Let us have a whack at this couple and do triple what they did to this tiny Chihuahua. They don’t deserve to live and hope there is swift justice handed down to these evil,vile,cretins. Pictures of upstanding citizens-NOT! Glad that the dog is still alive and being taken care of. Hope we can here how she is doing.

  2. Gizmos Mommy says:

    If I said what I was thinking, I’d probably be locked up. But those maggots need to be real happy that I don’t live in that town. They need to be very happy that I don’t live near them. Either way they might as well move to another planet because there’s a lot of people now that are going to know about this. And yes I’m going to say it — I hope that street Justice gets them and gets them real good.

  3. Gizmos Mommy says:

    If I said what I was thinking I’d probably be locked up. But those savage maggots need to be very happy I don’t live near them. They should be real happy I don’t live near them. However, I will say this — I really hope street justice gets them for doing what they did. And gets them real good. Personally they both need to be put out of societies misery.

  4. Bunny Peters says:

    OMG: WTF is wrong with people???

    You have a pet for life, not until it’s “inconvenient’……

    Thank goodness this precious little treasure is safe!!!!!

    I hope she recovers ASAP and finds a furever home where she will be a treasured family member……

    The POS’s who tortured and abused this precious furbaby have reserved spaces in Hell where they will burn forever for their cruelty….. let’s all hope that they get there ASAP (after dying unloved, alone, afraid and in pain)…….

  5. Luana Duncan says:

    WTF??? THESE PEOPLE so need 2 b punished!! Poor little doggy!! May u get well soon an have a truly good 4ever home!

  6. maxiemom says:

    Look at their faces. Pure evil! Devoid of any kind of conscience. Yes, they deserve the absolute maximum amount of jail possible, but in Tennessee that amounts to precious little time.

    What they’ve EARNED is the same thing done to them with a minimal amount of medical care, if any, THEN jail time.

    They should also be ‘fixed’ so they can never, ever have children.

  7. Tracy Whitcomb says:

    Both those Assholes need to have the same exact treatment they gave to that poor innocent baby. They do not deserve to EVER SEE THE LIGHT OF DAY AGAIN!!! Rotten Bastards.

  8. Denise Moore says:

    I want the laws to allow animal torturers to be put to death. Any person that would harm defenseless animals deserves nothing but death, imho

  9. Nancy Raymond says:

    Both of these hunks of sewer slime deserve to get exactly what they gave to an innocent, tiny and defenseless dog – I have no faith in the justice system when it comes to animal abuse – they never get the punishment they truly deserve – I hope there is someone in Morristown Tenn. who has the backbone to hunt these bastards down and give them exactly what they gave – NO MERCY! I hope this little dog recovers and gets the safe loving home he obviously never had.

  10. Jo says:

    I hope the pup gets completely well and finds a home that will love and care for her forever! These two evil, disgusting, POS poor excuses of humans should suffer the same fate they dealt out to that little girl—break their bones and burn the crap outta them!!

  11. Laura says:

    They look like brother and sister; what a couple of demented fools. They’ll burn in hell forever for this. Poor tiny, frail dog. I hope she pulls through and gets a beautiful life now, no more suffering, no more cruelty, only bliss and security.

  12. PAMELA D says:

    These two slime bags needs to get beat and set on fire. Jail time isn’t enough. What you do to an animal needs to be done to you. Hope they rot with Cancer.


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