4 arrests made in Williamson County animal raid - WKRN News 2

4 arrests made in Williamson County animal raid

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Jerry Hendrixson Jerry Hendrixson
Helen Hendrixson Helen Hendrixson
Michelle Plunkett Michelle Plunkett
Jason Plunkett Jason Plunkett
COLLEGE GROVE, Tenn. -

The Williamson County Sheriff's Office has charged four people with several counts of cruelty to animals in connection to the one of the largest single confiscations of animals in the county's recent history.

One hundred and seventy seven animals including 30 dogs, 20 cats, roosters, chickens, ducks and geese were seized from Jerry Hendrixson's home in College Grove on June 13.

The raid was the result of an anonymous tip alleging crowded and filthy conditions.

Hendrixson, 52, maintained his innocence, saying the animals were in good condition, during an interview with Nashville's News 2 Investigates following the seizure.

He now faces five counts of cruelty to animals, two charges for failing to vaccinate animals for rabies and one count of conspiracy to commit cruelty to animals.

Fifty-year-old Helen Hendrixson is additionally charged with 28 counts of cruelty to animals, eight charges for failing to vaccinate animals for rabies and one count of unlawful possession of wildlife conspiracy to commit cruelty.

Two others are also charged.

Michelle Plunkett, 29, is charged with five counts of cruelty to animals, two charges for failing to vaccinate animals for rabies and one count of conspiracy to commit cruelty to animals.

Jason Plunkett, 32, was booked on seven counts of cruelty to animals and one count of conspiracy to commit cruelty to animals.

Doug Brightwell, director of Williamson County Animal Control and Adoption Center, told Nashville's News 2 the animals will be held in protective custody until the legal proceedings are complete.

All four defendants are scheduled to appear in Williamson County courtroom on July 23.

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