Roane Co. man charged with animal cruelty

12:57 PM, Apr 3, 2012   |    comments
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A Roane County man is facing animal cruelty charges after authorities found several dead animals on his property.

According to John Griffin, Animal Control Director for Roane County, officers were checking out an animal abuse complaint on Old Valley Road in Harriman last week when they found three dead dogs, a dead turkey, and a dead horse.

There were also 24 dogs living in filthy conditions. Officials had to bring in ventilation fans to clear the odor of urine and feces from the house.

Authorities also found an elderly woman was living in the home.

The owner of the animals, Jack Wayne Terry, has been charged with three counts of aggravated animal cruelty and one count of abuse and neglect of the elderly woman.

The surviving dogs, along with 2 horses and 3 donkeys also found on the property, have been taken to the Roane County Animal Shelter. Several of the rescued puppies are already in foster homes.

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