TN Dognapping Story

I held up on posting about the alleged theft of a dozen rescue dogs from a dog training facility in TN because I couldn’t shake the nagging question: Who would want to steal a bunch of rescues?

[T]here were nine Doberman Pinschers taken, one hound mix, one Black Lab, and one Miniature Pinscher. One dog had three legs, and another was blind. The dogs were all rescued, waiting to be adopted.

Not exactly loot you can take to the local pawn shop and turn over for some quick cash. But Twitter has been abuzz with pleas for helping to find these dogs so I’ve been following the story. Today I read:

Police report that Ashli Thomas, 24, of Newbern Drive, Johnson City has been arrested for filing a false police report.

According to the Johnson City Police, Thomas admitted she “made the story up because she had left the dogs unattended and had not been caring for the dogs properly.“

The owners of the business, Brad and Tamara Josselyn, along with Thomas, have been charged with eight counts of animal cruelty.

Now understand that this woman fabricated a story which included one of the dognappers stabbing her with a knife. So I’m assuming she had some sort of knife wound to show investigators. After learning that the whole robbery story was false, I can’t help but wonder:

  1. What actually happened to the dogs and where are they?
  2. What could be so bad that someone would stab herself in order to offer a convincing story to the police?

I’ll be staying tuned for further developments.

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