Dogs, cats, and dead horses found on Fayette county farm - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Justin Hanson

Dogs, cats, and dead horses found on Fayette county farm

FAYETTE COUNTY, TN (WMC-TV) - Animal rescuers in Fayette county are busy preparing their case against a multiple offender who's once again charged with multiple counts of animal cruelty.

The images of dead and malnourished animals are becoming far too familiar for Gina Thweatt and other volunteers at Fayette County Animal Rescue.

"Why do people have animals and don't feed them and take care of them?" Thweatt asked. "It's hard to explain, and a lot of times people won't give an answer."

Last October, authorities found malnourished cats and dogs, as well as four dead horses, on two farms owned by the same man.  That man now faces seven counts of animal cruelty.   

"We will prosecute him, and hopefully he'll get some time this time, and hopefully people will realize this can't be tolerated time after time after time," Thweatt said.

The animals' owner, Latte Lewis, didn't want to go on camera, and said by phone he didn't want to comment on this case.

"There was nothing there really for the horses to eat in the pasture," Thweatt said. "There was a pond, and I assume it was his water source, but it was smelly and filthy and grimy."
A local vet determined that most of the animals were anemic.  One of the horses even had hepatitis and an eye injury. 

"The kittens were in a rabbit hutch, closed up," Thweatt said. "They did not have proper ventilation. They were lying in their own feces and urine."

As rescuers continue to nourish these abandoned animals, they're pushing for a tough penalty for their owner.

"Maybe those four horses would be alive today if Mr Lewis had faced tougher penalties," Thweatt said.

Officers will appear in court for a preliminary hearing on this case on Friday, February 13th.  During that hearing, a trial date will be set.

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