Neglected Cocke Co. puppy now featured in children's book
Calvin the puppy is on the road to recovery after being found abandoned and neglected at the Friends Animal Shelter of Cocke County back in November.
Since then, he's been living with a foster family. He's now the subject of a new book, "Calvin: Love Through My Eyes." His foster family wrote about his journey back to health from the brink of death.
The children's book is written from Calvin's point of view. All of the proceeds from the $20 book go to Friends Animal Shelter of Cocke County.
The book can be purchased on Amazon or in person at the shelter in Newport. In the first two days of sales, the shelter says they've sold more than 100 copies of the book.
In November, the shelter talked about how they found Calvin.
"We found him around 7:30 yesterday morning whenever we first got here," Elisha Henry, the shelter director said. "He was hyperthermic. He was shivering."
Henry said they rushed Calvin inside and put him on a heating pad before taking him to a vet. After the dog saw doctor Henry learned his condition was much worse than expected.
X-rays showed that the dog's skull had been bashed in and ulcerated his eye. The vet said Calvin's head was swollen. The shelter said he is totally blind.
"My heart is just still broken over this one," Henry said.
Henry wants action taken against people who are abusing animals.
"We have to find out who's doing this, why they're doing it and have tougher charges for people that are doing these horrible, horrible crimes," she explained.
Cocke County Sheriff, Armando Fontes, said it's hard to track down the culprits.
"It's extremely challenging because fingerprints do not always solve a case, the resources for DNA is basically not there because it's not a serious, severe case as it would be if it were an individual or human," Fontes said.
He said witnesses, video and photographic evidence all help in solving the crimes. But in a case like Calvin's, Henry understands there's very little that can be done without knowing who abused him.
"You don't get a whole lot of leads. You know and that's why we post all over Facebook and social media and ask people to share. Someone's going to recognize this puppy," Henry explained. "Someone's going to recognize those shirts this puppy came in with. There's always someone out there that knows something."
Henry hopes her Facebook posts continue to receive hundreds of shares to find the person or people responsible.
In the meantime, Calvin won't be up for adoption until he fully heals. There is currently no timeline for Calvin's recovery.