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Sissy, a sweet and gentle 6-year-old black Lab mix, was a brave girl when she faced Cody Shay Townsend, a 29-year-old man, who broke into her family’s Middle Tennessee residence. Sissy protected her puppies and confronted Cody, but endured a severe b.e.a.t.i.n.g in the process.
Cody not only hit Sissy with a baseball bat and took a hammer to her head, he also dragged her to a neighbor’s fire pit. He doused her in fuel and lit her up. Some Good Samaritans rescued Sissy and brought her to the hospital.
Sissy’s head was stapled together and she was given treatment for the severe burns. However, most of her skin was gone and she was in constant pain. Her parents and doctors had to make the difficult decision to put her down. Now overwhelmed with grief, Sissy’s family demands the harshest punishment for Cody.
Cody has been arrested and there are chances that he was under substance influence. He has been charged with aggravated animal cruelty, trespassing and burglary. He is in custody at Benton County Jail with a $25000 bond. We hope he gets the appropriate punishment for this despicable crime.