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Man charged with being cruel to dogs

John Thompson • Dec 4, 2019 at 9:17 PM

ELIZABETHTON — A Carter County man was arraigned on eight counts of cruelty to animals in Sessions Court on Wednesday.

The charges against Jerry Allen Phillips, 23, 2784 Bob Little Road, Apt. C, stem from an investigation of the condition of eight dogs found at 170 H. Heaton Road by Sgt. Chris Reichenbach and Deputy Dakota Mullins on Sept. 1.

The deputies said they noticed seven bluetick coonhounds and a pit bull. They said all of the dogs appeared to be badly malnourished. None of the dogs had access to food or water. The deputies said several of the dogs had cuts and injuries to their face, legs or back.

Mullins said Carter County Animal Control was called to the scene and the dogs were evacuated to the Carter County Animal Shelter to receive proper care and medical attention.

Mullins said it was determined after further investigation and previous responses by officers to the address that the animals belonged to Phillips. Mullins said “other officers and I have made contact with Phillips at this address before, where Phillips has been advised to improve his care for these animals.”

During Wednesday’s arraignment, Judge Keith Bowers Jr. appointed a public defender for Phillips and reset his bond for $15,000. The next court appearance was set for Dec. 10.

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