100 dogs found on property, owner charged with abuse
A team of veterinarians was evaluating approximately 100 animals, mostly dogs, Thursday after their owner was accused of abuse.
Kellie Williams has been charged with one count of animal abuse, said director Jack Cooper of Bedford County Animal Control. "More charges may be filed," Cooper said.
Williams declined to comment to the T-G as she drove onto the Cortner Road property near Wartrace with a load of hay in the bed of her pickup late Thursday afternoon.
Officials identified her as Williams but said she is also known as Kellie Williams Grunder, and real estate records show the property listed by that name.
Team of help
A "triage team" was examining animals that appeared in need of medical help, Cooper said. They would be taken to veterinary facilities if hospitalization was needed, according to Cooper, and otherwise transported to an emergency animal shelter in Shelbyville.
Horses roamed the yard in front of Williams' trailer late Thursday afternoon, one playfully chasing a dog across the property. Veterinarians and animal control workers were at an outbuilding beside the home checking animals.
Bedford County deputies and animal control workers discovered many mixed-breed dogs chained or in kennels and cages on the property, Cooper said.
"Many were filled with feces, mud and trash, and had little or no shelter," Cooper said.
Shelbyville Animal Control is also involved in the operation, Cooper said.
Supplies and support for the emergency shelter are being provided by the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration and PetSmart Charities.
"Animal cruelty and neglect will not be tolerated in Bedford County," Cooper said. "We will not turn our backs on animals in need. Thanks to the amazing cooperation between several different organizations, we have given these animals a voice and the chance they deserve for a brighter future."