From The Chattanoogan
Police said a 59-year-old East Chattanooga man beat his girlfriend for nearly an hour, then turned the savage assault on his pit bull dog.
Gregory Brown has been arrested for the brutal beating of 54-year-old Laverne Brundidge at 1100-A Sheridan Ave. on Sunday night.
Ms. Brundidge is still hospitalized with severe facial abrasions and contusions.
According to witnesses and Brown’s own account, Brown repeatedly beat Ms. Brundidge by punching her in the face and ramming her head into the concrete floor of her apartment.
Ms. Brundidge said the beating went on for nearly an hour until Brown got tired and went outside where neighbors saw him covered in blood.
Brown then dragged his pit bull outside and proceeded to punch the dog in the face repeatedly.
It is not known what prompted the assault against Ms. Brundidge, but because of the severity and duration of the beating, Brown has been charged with aggravated domestic assault and cruelty to animals.
Police had responded to Sheridan Avenue after witnesses called in and reported a man walking down the street covered in blood.
Responding officers located the man and detained him until they could find his residence.
Just moments later police found Ms. Brundage bleeding profusely at 1100 A Sheridan.
Update July 13, 2011 - The following article is by Judy Frank, The Chattanoogan:
Savagely Beaten Pit Bull, Now Recovered, Ready To Go To New Home
Local Vet Will Treat “Dixie Chick” For Heartworms, Free Of Charge, Once She Finds New Owner
On July 4, Carson Avenue resident Gregory N. Brown was charged with beating his girlfriend for an hour, leaving her with injuries that required hospitalization – and then turning his wrath on the year-old pit bull.
The 59-year-old man, who is no stranger to repeated court appearances on domestic violence and other charges, is scheduled to appear this time before General Sessions Judge Ron Durby next Tuesday.
And Dixie Chick is ready to get on with her now-much-improved life, according to Karen Walsh at McKamey Animal Center.
The dog has tested positive for heartworms, she explained, but a local veterinarian has agreed to give her the series of injections free of charge once she has been adopted.
That means her new owner will have to keep her “very quiet” – crated for the most part, with short walks on a leash to stretch her legs and use the bathroom – during the six weeks it takes to complete the treatment.
After that, she will be ready to lead a normal active life, with lots of exercise and play time with her new family, Ms. Walsh said, adding “She’s young so with treatment she should be fine.”
Unfortunately, she said, Dixie Chick is far from the first dog McKamey has sheltered following incidents of domestic violence.
“We get about 10 a year,” she said, “and they’re victims just as much as the family members who were abused.”
The phenomenon occurs everywhere, the American Animal Hospital Association and other recognized authorities agree.
“Domestic violence as well as serial and mass criminal violence often involves animals,” according to AAHA. “It is estimated that 88 percent of pets living in households with domestic abuse are either abused or killed. Of all the women who enter shelters to escape abuse, 57 percent have had a pet killed by their abuser.”
The situation is especially hard to deal with, the organization said, because “women's shelters do not accept pets.”
Consequently, AAHA explained, “abused members of the family often delay their exit – leaving everyone in the home facing serious physical danger. Some experts are advocating that animal shelters and veterinary hospitals should work to provide temporary homes for pets when an abused person needs to leave a dangerous situation.”