13 cats, dogs removed from Hermitage home; Family cited

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A Nashville family was cited for one count of animal cruelty and one count of hoarding Wednesday after officials removed multiple pets from their home.

In total, 10 cats and 3 dogs were taken by Metro Animal Control at the home on Magnum Drive in Hermitage.

The family voluntarily surrendered the cats and 2 of the dogs but reportedly wouldn’t give up their pit bull. The dog was ultimately confiscated.

It happened as Metro police officers were looking for a person wanted for parole violation and domestic violence.

Officers told News 2 they didn’t find the suspect, but once they entered the home they observed the animals in deplorable conditions.

Metro Animal Control was notified and officers responded to remove the cats and dogs.

According to investigators, at least one of the dogs has health issues. The cats appear to be in relatively good shape.

“They might have some upper respiratory issues because there are so many of them in a house,” Billy Keithley told News 2.

Animal Control officers said the family just couldn’t care for all the pets they adopted.

“I think she does love animals. She has taken in animals that people drop off in the neighborhood or have left; that’s why we offered for them to surrender the animals so we could immediately get them help,” Keithley explained.

The family was ultimately cited with one count of hoarding and one count of animal cruelty.

More charges could follow a veterinarian’s consultation.

Once medically treated and cleared, the animals could be adopted.

Stay up to date at Metro Animal Control’s Facebook page.

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