OAK RIDGE, Tenn. (AP) — Police in Oak Ridge say a woman moved about three years ago and left nine animals to starve to death in her house.
The Oak Ridger reported police charged 56-year-old old Annette M. Wright and her 90-year-old father, Hillman Nelson Wright with nine counts each of animal cruelty.
City police began an investigation last week. After going inside while wearing a cloth mask, Animal Control Officer Randy Profitt requested the fire department respond with protective gear.
Police said Annette Wright told them she left seven dogs and two birds in the house when she had a medical issue and moved in with her father.
The charges are misdemeanors and the Wrights were not booked into the jail.