LAWRENCEBURG, Tenn. – Some concerned citizens in one Mid-State county are taking a unique approach when it comes to getting the attention of law enforcement.
The Committee for Responsible Government is taking out full page ads in a Lawrenceburg newspaper, lashing out at county Sheriff Jimmy Brown.
The group plans to highlight different issues they believe are being dealt with improperly, starting this week.
The first ad, which will run in Wednesday's paper, will highlight animal rights issues.
Jessica Yokely, head of the Lawrence County Animal Welfare League, is helping put the ad together.
She told Nashville's News 2 getting help from the Lawrence County Sheriff's Office has been a battle.
Currently, volunteers are fostering 114 animals at six homes around the county
Lawrence County, like dozens in Tennessee, does not have an animal control facility.
"It just hasn't happened yet," said Yokely, adding, "I feel that we're way behind. Most counties have some sort of facility. Instead, they're relying solely on citizens to keep them here."
In the past, Yokely told Nashville's News 2 law enforcement worked with their group, helping investigate and prosecute animal cruelty cases.
She alleges that's not the case with the new sheriff.
"This is a dead puppy, it was left in a house with 19 other animals," said Yokely, pointing to a picture in the ad.
That picture, along with about half a dozen others, are examples of cases Yokely and her group claim law enforcement officials have refused to investigate or pursue.
"What we want is the public to know what is going on," explained Yokely, "because I don't think the public would agree with the way this county is being run."
Sheriff Brown told Nashville's News 2 the county does not have enough money to open an animal control facility.
When asked about the ad, he responded, "It's the nature of the beast," adding, "You're not going to make everyone happy."
Brown told Nashville's News 2 he is aware of the group's allegations and denies their department is mishandling animal abuse cases in any way.
"We do take each and every call seriously," he said. "We investigate them and are dedicated to serving the citizens, everyone in Lawrence County, no matter who they are."
Yokely and the rest of the volunteers want the county's residents to decide for themselves.
"I think when people see the pictures of these animals, I think they're going to be upset that nothing's being done," she said.
The Committee for Responsible Government is planning to highlight domestic violence issues within the county in their next ad.
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