Man shot and killed when he tried to prevent pet owner from abusing puppy

Man shot and killed when he tried to prevent pet owner from abusing puppy
Robert Wilson, left, and Donavous Jerome Drennon (Images: Personal photo, Smyrna Police Department)

It’s said that no good deed goes unpunished. This is especially true when the punisher is an animal abuser with an equally low regard for human life.

Animal lover Robert Wilson found this out the hard way when he tried to intervene in the mistreatment of a Yorkshire Terrier puppy outside the hotel he was staying in Smyrna, Tenn. According to his fiancée, Sue Hoskins, Wilson would have fought to save the life of an animal he knew was being mistreated “100 times over.”

The Daily News Journal reports that Wilson, age 37, saw a man holding a puppy by the throat and ordered him to stop. The man replied that it was his dog and he would do with as he pleased. He then produced a gun and shot Wilson point blank.

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The victim was rushed to TriStar StoneCrest Medical Center where he was pronounced dead of a gunshot wound to the chest.

The killer, who has been identified by witnesses as 36-year-old Donavous Jerome Drennon, fled the scene in a “newer model” white Chevy Impala away driven by a second man, still unidentified.

Police advise that both men should be considered armed and dangerous. A criminal homicide warrant has been issued for Drennon.

The second victim, the puppy, has been turned over to Rutherford County PAWS. Hoskins hopes to be able to adopt it someday. “We feel like Rob is kind of a part of that dog now, since he died to save it,” the fiancée of Robert Wilson’s brother is quoted as saying. “[The suspect] has broken some people in this and he needs to face consequences for it. These people and this family are broken.”

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