|Published: 8:57 AM, 06/12/2013
Author: Staff Report
Source: The Monroe County Advocate
Law enforcement is looking for an
animal owner who allegedly mistreated animals to a severe degree.
Detective Tonia Norwood, Sheriff Bill
Bivens, and other members of his staff executed a search warrant at
188 Ditmore Hollow Road near Tellico Plains on June 7. The grounds
for the warrant were based on reports of animal cruelty from Monroe
County Deputies and other reporters.
On June 6, Animal Control Officers with
the Monroe County Sheriff's Office responded to the home and reported
severe animal neglect issues and deplorable living conditions both
inside and outside the home to Norwood.
Animal Control Officers seized
several animals that were being kept outside the home on that
day under exigent circumstances relating to the lack of proper care,
including lack of food and water, for the animals.
Norwood obtained a search warrant for
the home and property and at that time several other animals were
taken from inside the home. Protective respiratory equipment had to
be utilized to enter the residence.
In total 10 dogs, 14 chickens, 3 ducks,
and 2 geese were rescued from the property and residence and
transported to the safety of the Monroe County Friends of Animals
Shelter. The homeowner had reportedly been out of town for
10 days at the time the search warrant was executed and at this
time contact has not been made. Charges are pending against the
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