GREENBACK, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Two dogs rescued from Hurricane Florence by a Greenback man were reportedly shot and killed last week.
Tony Alsup, a 51-year-old Greenback resident, drove a school bus to hurricane-hit areas to rescue animals. He rescued over 60 animals in the Carolinas and sent them to shelters across the U.S.
According to Alsup, four dogs rescued from Saint Frances Animal Center were staying at his home overnight as they were on their way back to South Carolina. The police report alleges that two of the dogs were shot by a neighbor, while one was injured during a dog fight, on Oct. 19.
A post by the Animal Center alleges that Alsup transported the dogs, named Whiskey, Humphrey, Mandy and Domino, to a foster's residence. At some point, the foster, without the center's knowledge, returned the animals to Alsup for the night before the trip to South Carolina.
The post further alleges that three of the four animals were put in a pen together, were stressed, and had not been housed together before. A fight then broke out between them.
According to the Blount County Sheriff's Office, the two dogs were attacking a third dog. Alsup's wife and 6-year-old granddaughter were home at the time. He said they tried to break up the fight and also sprayed the pit bulls with a hose. A neighbor later came over and they called animal control. According to the police report, animal control said they could not come because of lack of space in their own shelter.
Alsup told WVLT News over the phone, "It was a tough call, but they saved one pet by [shooting]."
According to the animal center's post, the other two dogs, Mandy and Domino, survived. The center said that the foster returned to Alsup's property and took Domino to the vet. They added, Mandy is also now safe.
Read the center's full post below.