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August 27, 2013 Contact: Marian O'Briant


Louisville man charged with intentionally killing of an animal

Blount County Sheriff James Lee Berrong said a 62-year-old Louisville man is charged with intentionally killing an animal and stalking after killing his neighbor's dog this morning.

Fred Lee Wright, 62, of Cub Drive, Louisville, is currently being held in the Blount County Detention Facility on the charges. Bond amounts and court date have not yet been set.

Shortly after 8 a.m., the Sheriff's Office responded to a residence on Cub Drive in Louisville on a disturbance between neighbors. Upon arrival, the owner of the dog, Diane Stephens, advised the deputy that as she was trying to leave for work this morning, her neighbor, Fred Wright, stood in her driveway and wouldn't allow her to leave. Stephens called 911, and Wright returned allowed her to leave. The responding deputy made contact with Wright on Diane Stephen's property, and he told the deputy he was checking on some things on Stephen's property. The deputy told Wright to leave, and as she searched the property, she found a small brown dog lying on the ground bleeding and deceased. She made contact with Wright again, and he admitted to killing Diane Stephen's dog. He was taken into custody at that time.

Stephens told the deputy she's had ongoing issues with Wright.

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