Young-Williams releases assertion after 4 billed with animal cruelty

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — After four people today ended up charged with animal abuse and extra than 40 animal seized, Youthful-Williams has shared a statement about the incident.

As of March 16, Younger-Williams Animal Middle has gained a full of 42 animals that animal manage seized from a pet sitter’s residence on March 8 and 14. Michelle Burgess-Morris, 50, Thomas Morris, 51, Haylee Morris, 22, and Isabella Morris, 19, had been charged with two counts of felony aggravated cruelty to animals, two counts of misdemeanor cruelty to animals and one depend of a misdemeanor violation of rabies regulations, in accordance to the Knox County Sheriff’s Office.

In their statement, the shelter shared that 1 of individuals charged had formerly adopted and fostered pets from the shelter. In the Knox County Sheriff’s Office wrote in a report that Haylee Morris had adopted 15 animals, such as 8 rabbits, from Younger-Williams Animal Middle. She advised investigators all but 1 died.

“Young-Williams Animal Middle has a wide neighborhood community of experienced fosters, adopters and people who care for numerous animals at a time effectively, specially tiny pets such as birds and hamsters who typically thrive in groups. On the other hand, in this case, an personal that came very advisable by multiple animal rescue organizations, was properly-regarded by individuals in the neighborhood and met our specifications, purposefully misled our staff members and other corporations in purchase to receive an abnormal selection of animals,” wrote the shelter.

The shelter went on to say that the individual took gain of their guidelines and misled staff members by “providing multiple names and addresses”, adopting via spouse areas and other methods. In July 2022, a local community rescue contacted YWAC with considerations about the animals.

“Our workforce took the allegations seriously and joined the rescue in inquiring Animal Handle to investigate. These worries led us to finish the foster settlement and area an adoption and fostering ban on the person in our procedure. Young-Williams Animal Heart has not authorized the unique to undertake or foster animals because July 2022,” reads a launch from the shelter.

The shelter added that its personnel is “devastated by the therapy of animals” and the ensuing deaths.

“We know from expertise that animal hoarding instances are complex, but unfortunately animals in these situations do not get the appropriate stage of treatment,” said YWAC.

The shelter explained it will “continue to perform with animal welfare teams like other regional rescues and Animal Manage to increase conversation in between organizations” to assistance the animals and communities they serve.

Pet house owners who employed the sitter shared with WATE that they had been relieved that action has been taken.