A Franklin man whose animals were recently confiscated by officials was denied access to visit his beloved pets on Monday at the Williamson County Animal Shelter.
More than 100 of Jerry Hendrixson's animals, including cats, dogs, chickens and ducks were seized from his six acre property after the Williamson County Animal Control and Adoption Center received an anonymous tip on the pets' conditions last Wednesday.
After being unable to visit his pets on Monday, Hendrixson told Nashville's News 2 Investigates he fears his dogs will be euthanized without his consent at the shelter.
However, facility director Doug Brightwell has assured Hendrixson that will not happen.
“What is going on? Why can't I touch, hold [or] see my little dogs,” Hendrixson said outside the facility.
Hendrixson said he is still unsure why his pets were taken from his property.
He added that his lap dogs gave him comfort and he treats them like children. In a previous interview, Hendrixson denied any wrongdoing and said all his pets were well fed and taken care of.
Nashville's News 2 Investigates has since received a search warrant which cites deplorable conditions, too many animals in one place and animals that appeared to need medical attention.
The search warrant also stated there was an overwhelming smell of animal feces and urine, as well as dogs without access to water.
Officials have not charged anyone yet, however told Nashville's News 2 Investigates charges are probable.
When asked what he thought about the possibility of facing charges, Hendrixson said, “Well, I'm upset of course.”
Nashville's News 2 Investigates spoke with officials from the Williamson County Animal Control who refused to show any of the animals seized since the investigation is ongoing.
“There will not be any photography or videography of the pets until after the actual charges are filed,” explained Director of Animal Control Doug Brightwell.
A number of horses and guineas, as well as a cat remain in the family's possession.