Missing Tenn. dog found dead in homemade trap in woods

MORRISTOWN, Tenn. (WATE) – A Morristown woman says her dog disappeared from her home. The yellow lab named Marly was discovered 12 days later dead in a homemade trap in the woods.

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and Morristown-Hamblen Humane Society now investigating the case.

“It sickens me to think of not just Marly, but of anything, suffering in a trap. It was hot. I mean, it’s cruel,” said Patricia Dean.

She got the yellow lab six years ago and says he got her through some rough periods in her life.

“He was a joy,” Dean said.

She says that’s what makes the way Marly died, deep in the woods near her house, even tougher for her to bear.

“I just think these traps are inhumane,” she said.

When her pet originally disappeared for so long, it was unusual.

“We made posters, hung them everywhere, and showed them to people,” Dean explained.

Twelve days later, the family did a massive search of the woods near her house. Deep inside, they found a trap.

“The box was huge. You could tell it was a trap. I thought it was a bear trap. It was made out of things you would see in an air conditioning unit. It had a wooden door,” she said.

Marly was buried in Dean’s backyard. The Morristown-Hamblen Humane Society says this is an ongoing investigation, only releasing that it involved a neighbor and an illegal trap.

“No animal, I don’t even care if it’s a coyote, deserves to suffer like that. He suffered,” Dean said.

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