Woman arrested after dead rabbits found in Old Hickory home

Woman arrested after dead rabbits found in Old Hickory home (Image 1)

A woman was booked into the Davidson County jail early Sunday morning after police found dead animal remains in the home where she used to live.

According to an affidavit, Beth Coppersmith lived in the home on Southfork Boulevard in Old Hickory as of August 2014.

Metro Animal Control was notified about the conditions in the home from a company contracted to maintain the house.

Metro Animal Control contacted police, who executed a search warrant in late October, about the possible remains and living animals in the home.

Inside, police found feces and animal remains.

The bodies of multiple rabbits were already decomposing. One rabbit was found alive but reportedly in very bad condition.

The surviving rabbit, named Beatrice, has put on two pounds since being rescued. She is being cared for by Metro Animal Control and is being held as evidence as part of the cruelty case.

“You don’t get used to seeing conditions like that for any animal, so again we’re very thankful that we were able to help Beatrice and to give her a chance at finding a pretty awesome forever home once we’re able to,” said Metro Animal Care and Control spokeswoman Rebecca Morris.

According to an affidavit, there was also a prescription in the kitchen for a canine named Ace that was in Coppersmith’s name.

The home reportedly had no power and there was no food or water set out for the animals.

“You feel sad that people’s choices and behavior end up hurting,” said former neighbor John Tozer.

Coppersmith, 55, is charged with aggravated animal cruelty. Her bond was set at $3,500.

Metro Animal Control will let the public know when Beatrice is available for adoption.

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