Starving dogs turn to cannibalism in Orange Mound

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Memphis police are calling a case of animal abuse "sadistic and depraved".

An Orange Mound woman is in jail, accused of starving her dogs so severely that they were forced to eat one of their own.

Police discovered the gruesome scene Sunday.

“I have never seen this in all the days of my life,” said 68-year-old Eddie Davis, Parker’s neighbor.

The gruesome discovery came after ambulance workers came to care for Davis’ elderly mother.

“The ambulance pulled up right here and they smelled the odor. We smelled it too but we didn't know what it was.”

What they saw in his neighbor’s backyard was two dogs so starved, they had eaten the belly off of a third dog. Davis says the dogs were still eating when Memphis Animal Services showed up.

“The police officers seen it,” said Davis.

“So that's how hungry they were?” asked reporter Sabrina Hall.


Police arrested Parker for aggravated animal cruelty while Davis helped bag up the dead dog.

“You couldn't use the shovel. You had to pick it up with hands with gloves on and put it into two bags. How bad can it get?”

Despite how disturbing this was, Davis says he doesn't want to see the woman who was supposed to be caring for the dogs in jail.

“Let her go! Please let her go!” Davis pleaded.

He says Parker is the mother of three young children and works double shifts at a fast food restaurant.

He says the dogs had been dropped in Parker's care by someone else months ago and she obviously wasn't capable of caring for them.

Still, Davis admits she should have asked for help.

“Did you ever see the dogs starving?” asked Hall.


“Would you have done something if you did?”

“I would have,” said Davis. “I would have. I feed my dog twice a day.”

Parker is being held in jail on a $10,000 bond. Her family says they are working to bail her out so she can take care of her children.


    • blahblahblah

      I say starve for a couple weeks then give the dogs a filet and let her watch….then chop her up.

  • canadianwhiskeygirl

    sorry!! the story says she works dbl shIfts at a fast food restaurant, has 3 kIds, but stIll, If she dIdnt have tIme to care for those poor dogs, she shoulda asked for help.

  • SayNoMore

    Do NOT allow folk to leave their dogs with you!! They will NOT bring food and they will abuse you and the dogs!! Sad for the dogs and sad for this poor woman and her children. I have watched the same thing almost happen and was able to intervene to prevent it. If you see starving dogs, feed them and call authorities to save them. Too many people want pets but can barely feed themselves; too many people try to help friends out of love or fear. DON”T take on someone’s responsibility when you are struggling so hard to meet your own; it is a true design for failure!!

  • Bradley Mccain

    Thats funny how a person can locked up for not feeding dogs but its ppl on the streets hungry.

    • blahblahblah

      Really? There are food banks and shelters that will feed starving people if they CHOOSE to go and get it…these dogs had no choice.

  • TPA

    Are we surprised here?? these animals(all races) barely take care of their children,,,much less an animal…

  • misty

    I see no excuse! If she knew she didnt have the time or money to care for them there are way too many places to take animals where they can get the care they need.also if she worked in a fastfood resturant why couldnt she bring home scraps from there?How does she afford to feed her other two dogs but cant find scraps to feed those? Sry but none of what she says makes any sense.there is no excuse for this!

  • otter

    Absolutely no excuse and she is a vile human being. If seeing 3 starving dogs in her backyard is something that didn’t faze this woman, I would seriously be questioning her ability to “care” for her own children. Disgusting.

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