Conditions of animals seized in Williamson County raid improve - WKRN News 2

Conditions of animals seized in Williamson County raid improve


Animal control officers in Williamson County seized 177 animals on June 13 in one of the largest single confiscations in the county's recent history.

The raid was the result of an anonymous tip alleging crowded conditions and animals living in filth at a home in College Grove.

Homeowner Jerry Hendrixson has not been charged and maintains the animals were in good condition.

Shelter officials say the case has been sent to the Williamson County district attorney and charges are anticipated.

Monday, Nashville's News 2 was allowed to see the 30 dogs, 20 cats, roosters, chickens, ducks and geese and by and large, most of the animals do look good.

Shelter officials say they have all received medical attention and have been de-wormed.

One dog is still at the hospital for an undisclosed problem.

Doug Brightwell, director of Williamson County Animal Control and Adoption Center, says the shelter has seized animals in far worse shape in the past, but the sheer number of animals in one family's care is troubling.

He said as a result of the seizure, the shelter is well over capacity but other animals have not suffered as result.

"Everyone is in a kennel alone and cleaned and fed and well maintained.  We are not sacrificing care for space issues," he said.  "We still have staff walking adopted dogs two to three times a day."

He continued, "All evidence has been submitted to the district attorney's office, and we are still getting medical reports and necropsy reports, and we will send them in, as they come in."

Brightwell says the animals are not adoptable and will be held in protective custody until the legal proceedings are complete.  According to Brightwell that could take several weeks or even months.

In the meantime, Hendrixson says he has obtained a lawyer and offered no comment on the latest developments.

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