UNIONVILLE, Tenn. - Bedford County authorities rescued more than 40 animals from a Unionville home in late November, and now they hope to find new homes for the animals.
Animal control seized the animals from the home of Thomas and Brenda Snell on Halls Mill Road in Unionville, just northwest of Shelbyville.Many of the animals found in the home, which included dogs, birds, a guinea pig and even a snake, were malnourished to the point where their bones were visible.
Michael Gregory, director of Bedford County Animal Control, told News 2 that some animals were found dead and others were starving and in poor condition.
Some of the animals later passed away.
Gregory said the owners couldn't afford to feed the animals.
"They had buckets that [were] filled with, basically, it looked like pond scum," he said.
Investigators also found a parrot and several other birds.
Gregory said, "The bird bowls for the water was discolored, all the bowls that were in there for food were just covered in feces."
Detective Captain Becky Hord said children also lived in the house. Deputies arrested the Snells, who now face 11 counts of animal cruelty and two counts of child neglect. The children lived with a neighbor for a time but have now been released back to their parents. The Snells are out of jail on bond and back home.Gregory said the animals' deaths could have been avoided had the Snells simply asked for help.
"We could have stepped in much sooner before those animals died and gotten to the shape they had," he said.
Over the last few weeks, the animal shelter nursed the seized animals back to health.
Taking in more than 40 animals overnight is a big strain on a shelter with limited resources, and now officials are hoping to find good homes for them.
"We definitely don't want to have to euthanize these animals. They came from a situation they didn't ask for, and we want to try to get them into a permanent home," Gregory said.
For information on how you can help or how you can adopt an animal, contact the Bedford County animal shelter at 931-685-1130 or visit BedfordTNAnimalControl.org.You can view the animals available for adoption ahead of time at PetFinder.org.The Bedford County Animal Shelter is located at 205 Lane Parkway in Shelbyville.