SULLIVAN COUNTY, Tenn. - Sullivan County authorities charged a man with aggravated cruelty to animals after they say he shot two dogs.
Investigators say Timothy Blevins started making threatening phone calls to his estranged wife around 4:30 Monday afternoon.
We're told the messages escalated to Blevins threatening to kill her dogs. "In another voicemail that she believed she heard gunshots. She also believed she heard him say he shot one dog and it was suffering, that was going to shoot it again," said Leslie Earhart with the Sullivan County Sheriff's Department.
Officers accompanied the woman to her South Creek Court home where officers say they found Blevins smelling of alcohol.
Officers say when they arrived with the victim, Blevins lunged and tried to attack her. That is when he was arrested.
Deputies accompanied the victim inside, where they were met by one of the woman's dogs with a gunshot wound to its neck and bleeding. The second dog was found dead in a bedroom. "It appeared to have one gunshot to the back. It may have been shot more than once, we know that he had fired a gun inside the home several times. We found several bullet holes inside the home," said Earhart.
We're told the victim rushed the surviving dog to an emergency veterinary clinic. The other dogs at the residence that belonged to Timothy Blevins were not harmed and were picked up by animal control.
Officers say it is not uncommon for pets to end up in the middle of domestic disputes. "It is not uncommon for the aggressor in a domestic to target the victim's pets. They will sometimes use pets to control the victim or to seek revenge," says Earhart.
Timothy Blevins was arrested on charges of public intoxication, disorderly conduct, aggravated cruelty to animals, and stalking.
The two dogs that were shot are described as standard Poodles. We checked on the condition of the dog that was rushed to the vet and are told it's expected to survive.