UPDATE: The Tennessee couple who own the dog photographed in a cage on a searing summer day held a press conference Wednesday afternoon. At the conference, Tim and Valerie White claimed their dog, Sparkles was well-loved and healthy. "This was blown out of proportion," Tim White told reporters. "They painted this picture to make it look like we keep our dog out there 24/7 with no water, no food, when that's not so." Sparkles, he added, is only left in the cage for about three hours each day.
Sometimes, it takes a community to tell a neighbor they're raising their dog horribly wrong.
And sometimes, that neighbor tells the community to get the hell off her property.
But the people living in a Cleveland, Tennessee, neighborhood refuse to give up on this dog.