Briefs for March 18, 2022

A memorial for Bridget at Young Williams Animal

Few leads in abused dog case 

Although officers from the Knoxville Police Department are continuing their investigation into a heartbreaking animal cruelty case, they’ve yet to identify any suspects or a motive, officials said Thursday.   

The victim — a dog described as “a terrier or poodle mix” who was dubbed “Bridget” by the team of vets who tried unsuccessfully to save her life — was found May 5 sealed into a cloth dog carrier and then abandoned by some dumpsters on Jenkins Road in North Knoxville. 

Bridget showed “clear signs of serious neglect,” including numerous areas of her body that were severely infected, officials said. She died early this week at Young Williams Animal Center.

KPD spokesperson Scott Erland provided an update on the investigation Thursday. 

“To the best of my knowledge, Bridget was not chipped or tagged, nor was there any video in the immediate area where she was located,” Erland said. “We did receive a couple of tips shortly after we made the initial post about finding Bridget abandoned, and Animal Control officers are continuing to follow up on those possible leads and seek any additional information from the residents at the nearby apartment complex as well as the public at large.”

He continued: “Unfortunately, thus far the owner has not been identified nor are we any closer to getting a clearer picture of why she was abandoned in such a horrid and neglected state.”

A reward is being offered through the East Tennessee Valley Crime Stoppers for information leading to the arrest of the individual or individuals responsible for neglecting the canine. At least one private citizen has donated the funds to raise the reward amount to at least $500.

Anyone with information about the case is urged to contact East Tennessee Valley Crime Stoppers by phone at 865-215-7165, online at, or through the P3 Tips mobile app or by texting **TIPS. Tipsters can remain anonymous.

Victim of Washington Pike crash identified 

Police on Thursday identified the victim of a fatal crash that took place in East Knoxville. 

Norma Norton, 79, of Knoxville, was killed about 12:30 p.m. Wednesday  in the accident on Washington Pike at Steeple Shadow Way when a sedan driven by Norton collided with a dump truck, according to the Knoxville Police Department. No one else was harmed in the accident.

The crash remained under investigation by KPD Crash Reconstruction personnel.

Published on March 18, 2022