That owner, who has not been identified, would later tell News Channel 9, "She's not beaten. She's not starved. None of that. So, I can't leave her in the cage outside when I leave?"
"No, you're not gonna take my ... dog," she added. "I paid $500 for my dog."
In a Facebook post, Welch said she begged the owner to let her have the dog to no avail. She says she also met with the Bradley County Sheriff's Department, who told her officers found "adequate" food and shelter during their visit to the property.
The department has not responded to The Dodo's request for comment. If you would like to voice your concerns about this dog's condition, you can leave a message at 423-728-7300.
Whether it's inside a car, or a cage, dogs should never be left in the hot sun.