North Knox Co. relatives associates charged with animal cruelty adopted and fostered animals from Youthful Williams

Young Williams Animal Heart mentioned, just after an animal regulate investigation in July 2022, the middle banned the man or woman from adopting or fostering animals.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Incident experiences from the Knox County Sheriff’s Office environment pertaining to fees of animal cruelty at a North Knox County home exhibit family associates adopted 15 animals from Youthful Williams Animal Middle involving July 2021 and June 2022. 

13 of those people animals died, according to the incident report. 

The report claimed eight rabbits, two birds, two hamsters, a dog and a cat died from those adopted animals. The family members also fostered cats, the report stated. Two of them died in June of 2022. 

Knox County Animal Command explained it acquired of the animals fostered and adopted from Young Williams Animal Centre in July of 2022, for the duration of an animal welfare test, in accordance to the incident report. 

In the incident report, the animal management officer mentioned she asked YWAC why they ongoing to adopt and foster animals to a person when the animals died. 

The report mentioned a Youthful Williams personnel member informed the officer “if the adopted animal were being to go away for any explanation inside of 30 days from the adoption date, as extended as it’s claimed, the shelter will change the animal with one more animal of their selection.” 

On the other hand, Younger Williams CEO Janet Testerman reported that is incorrect and the plan does not exist at Young Williams.

Youthful Williams stated it banned that man or woman from adopting or fostering animals immediately after studying of the investigation in July 2022. 

“The specific took gain of our policies and misled staff members by providing many names and addresses to achieve animals,” stated Youthful Williams Animal Heart in a statement to 10News.

Youthful Williams stated the specific “arrived remarkably encouraged by numerous animal rescue companies, was nicely-regarded by folks in the community, and satisfied our demands,” to foster the animal.

Sheriff’s deputies with the Knox County Sheriff’s Office arrested Michelle Burgess-Morris on fees of aggravated cruelty to animals. 

Warrants demonstrate Haylee, Isabella and Thomas Morris outlined as co-defendants in the situation, but sheriff’s deputies have not been able to bring them to Knox County to be billed. 

Knox County Animal Manage officers seized a lot more than 30 animals from the Morris’ property, and took them to Young Williams Animal Center. 

Young Williams explained it share any information about individuals animals, other than they are executing properly.