Days later, Womack finally learned what had happened to her dog. On the afternoon of the shooting, she noted on Facebook, she came home to find Chase missing. Assuming he had managed to escape the yard, she went to the Sparta police department.
An officer there told her there had been a call about a dog.
"We called for a whole week trying reach chief Andrew Spencer," Womack wrote. "He did nothing but give us a run-around for days. So we called all dog pounds and shelters and rescue one where we got Chase from. A few days later we get a call from Chief Spencer, saying he had shot a pit bull chow mix that he picked up in the trailer park down the road from us.
"He told us he buried him in the sludge field if we wanted to make sure it was him."