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Bartlett couple indicted on animal cruelty charges

By Jamel Major - bio | email

BARTLETT, TN (WMC-TV) - A Bartlett couple was indicted Tuesday on six counts each of animal cruelty related to a complaint from last summer.

News of the grand jury indictment against Jane and Michael Woods took neighbors in the Bartlett community by surprise Tuesday.  The Woods each face six counts of animal cruelty. 

"That's really cruel what they were doing to those animals," neighbor Alyssa O'Campo said Tuesday.  "It's really surprising to find that in our neighborhood because this is a very quiet neighborhood.  We don't have things like that happening here, I don't think."                        

In August of 2008, Bartlett Animal Control and police officers found 29 dogs and 119 rabbits at the couple's home.

"The initial complaint came in as bad smells coming from the residence and noise," Inspector Jeff Cox of the Bartlett Police Department said.                                               

"At night I would hear a bunch of dogs barking," O'Campo said. "Just out of nowhere, they'd be barking really loud."

In addition to noise, investigators discovered the floor of the couple's home soaked in urine, covered in feces and animal hair.  Additionally, they said, none of the dogs had access to food or water.  Authorities also found rabbits inside rusty cages scattered with waste.

"I feel really bad for these animals," O'Campo said. "I feel like they shouldn't be in this type of environment."                                 

There was no answer at the door of the Woods' home Tuesday.  Meanwhile, Cox said the animals are now in a safe place.

I went to the couple's home, knocked on the door, but got no answer.

"All the dogs were rescued and the rabbits were rescued and they're all safe and adopted," he said.

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