More than 100 animals seized by Williamson Co. Animal Control - WKRN News 2

More than 100 animals seized by Williamson Co. Animal Control

Posted: Updated: June 14, 2012 04:40 PM
Around 100 animals were seized from Jerry Hendrixson's property on Wednesday morning. Around 100 animals were seized from Jerry Hendrixson's property on Wednesday morning.
FRANKLIN, Tenn. -

Over 100 animals were seized by Williamson County Animal Control and Adoption Center Wednesday.

Dogs, cats, chickens and ducks were seized from a residence following a search warrant issued in conjunction with the Sheriff's Office.

On Thursday, Nashville's News 2 Investigates spoke with the pets' owner, Jerry Hendrixson, who said he and his family loved the animals.

While speaking with Hendrixson, the Franklin man became emotional when talking about his seized animals which included 27 dogs, around 20 cats and dozens of assorted chickens and fowl.

"It was 6:15 a.m. [Wednesday] and a complete SWAT team came here to commandeer our animals for reasons of cruelty," Hendrixson said.  "I have lived here 29 years, [and have] always had dogs and cats and rabbits and chickens."

He continued, "You are looking at a farm in a rural area by itself and anybody can just call and say, ‘Hey, I think my neighbor has more dogs than he needs or more cats' and they have the right to come out and do this?"

According to animal control officials, the animals were seized after they received an anonymous email voicing concerns for the animals' well-being. 

However, Hendrixson said he is unsure why his animals were taken from his six acre property. 

"I ask why? The way it was handled and way we were done and abuse we took as a family,  tell me why? Why do this to people? How can you do this to people? How can you come on a man's property and right to have animals for his grandkids and pick and choose and take what you want and call it cruelty," he questioned.

Hendrixson also added all the animals were well taken care of and fed.

"My wife spends $150 to $225 a week on dog food and cat food and chicken food. I have receipts and can prove it," he said.

Nashville's News 2 Investigates spoke with officials from the Williamson County Animal Control who refused to show any of the animals seized since the investigation is ongoing.

"They are still considered evidence in the case," explained Director of Animal Control Doug Brightwell. "I can't comment specifically because it is a case in progress and until all charges are evaluated we can't comment on specifics of the case."

A press release stated that due to the ongoing investigation, the animals are not available for adoption at this time, though, the center is accepting monetary donations and pet food.

Specific items needed include Pedigree dog food, Hills Science Diet cat food, poultry and rabbit food. They are also in need of 24-inch collapsible wire animal crates.

To donate to the center, visit the location at 106 Claude Yates Drive in Franklin during business hours. For more information on how to donate, visit their Web site.

No charges have been filed.

A number of horses and guineas, as well as a cat remain in the family's possession.

Nashville's News 2 Investigates reached out to the assistant D.A. for Williamson County for comment on the incident, however she said she could not comment on the pending case.

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