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Athens man finds pet dog dead, hanged in front yard

The 4-year-old Chihuahua Daschund mix had been tethered outside because of an aggressive cat.

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — An Athens man walked outside one morning this week and found his pet dog dead, hanging by its neck from a decorative pole used to display plants.

The Athens Banner-Herald reports 40-year-old Marshall Lee Shubert was staying at a friend's home near Athens when his 4-year-old Chihuahua Dachshund mix was killed. The dog, named Big Boy, had been tethered outside because of the friend's aggressive cat.

Oconee County Animal Control and the Oconee County Sheriff's Office are investigating. Big Boy's body was taken as part of the investigation. Shubert says Big Boy was hanged with the cord used to tether him.