Woman accused of throwing puppy down 6-story trash chute

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A Nashville woman is accused of throwing a 5-month-old puppy down a trash chute six stories high before it fell into a dumpster.

It happened on Oct. 23 at the Hadley Park Towers, which are owned by the Metro Development and Housing Agency.

Surveillance shows a resident, identified by authorities as 53-year-old Cathy Davis, carry the Chihuahua/Dachshund mix across the hallway on the sixth floor.

About 10 seconds later, Davis is seen returning to her apartment without the dog.

According to investigators, the dog was dropped down the garbage chute. He landed in a dumpster below.

“What we are thankful for is one of the other residents had actually dropped some important papers down the trash chute and had notified the apartment complex when they went to help out that resident that is when they found Max,” said Rebecca Morris with Metro Animal Control.

When confronted by Animal Control officers, Davis reportedly admitted to her actions.

“She said it is an accident. She didn’t mean to do it,” Morris told News 2.

When asked why, investigators said, “Really she couldn’t explain that to us. She mentioned that possibly she was allowing for him to use the restroom and she accidentally dropped him down the trash chute.”

According to Morris, Davis doesn’t claim the animal as hers, adding, “She did reference that the animal had just come into her apartment and she was going to take care of them.”

News 2 looked into Davis’ criminal records. She has a checkered past dating back to the early 90s with charges such as burglary, aggravated assault, and resisting arrest.

The 53-year-old is now charged with misdemeanor animal cruelty.

A spokeswoman for MDHA could not comment on the case due to possible litigation but said residents are allowed one pet per family.

The puppy, Max, will remain with Metro Animal Control until the case is decided. Then he’ll be put up for adoption.

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