|Published: 8:58 AM, 07/03/2013
||Last updated: 8:59 AM, 07/03/2013
Author: Michael Thomason
Source: The Monroe County Advocate
TELLICO PLAINS-A Tellico Plains area
couple was hit with various charges after they allegedly mistreated
animals on their property.
Monroe County Sheriff's Deputy Wes
Martin said he went to a house on New Highway 68 June 28 after the
landlord requested a check of the premises. When Martin arrived he
found five dogs inside of a fence and two outside of it, along with
He said four of the dogs could barely
stand up and appeared to be starving. Martin noticed rib and hip
bones showing, along with a sunk-in stomach, swollen legs and open
The other three dogs appeared to be
malnourished and none had rabies tags. Martin said he couldn't find
any sign of food on the property and one of the dogs appeared to have
been shot in the chest area with a shotgun and no attempt at medical
Martin attempted to speak with someone
at the house, but no one was home. Martin spoke with the landlord and
found Nicole Marie Sooy, 35, and Brian John Nikolauyk, 34, were
living in the house and had been visited before by officers
concerning the animals.
Animal control was called in and took
possession of the animals. They discovered there were more dogs
inside the house.
Sooy and Nikolauyk were arrested later
and charged with three counts of animal cruelty, four counts of
aggravated animal cruelty, seven counts of failure to get a rabies
vaccination and livestock at large.
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