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Wilson man charged with animal cruelty; dogs seized

Posted May 17, 2013

— A Wilson County man has been charged with animal cruelty after handing over a dozen malnourished dogs to deputies, authorities said Friday.

Todd Eric Morris, 47, of 4545 Frank Price Church Road, was charged with nine counts of animal cruelty and eight counts of improper animal housing. He was released on a $3,000 unsecured bond.

Deputies seized the dogs on Tuesday afternoon. Some of the animals were so malnourished that their ribs and hipbones were visible, authorities said, and others had infections.

The pens where the dogs lived were smaller than Wilson County animal ordinances allow and were overgrown with grass and covered with feces, authorities said. Deputies had given Morris two weeks to bring the pens up to standard before he was charged.


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  • djofraleigh May 17, 2013

    JAIL time and BIG fines!!!!!!!!!!

  • estrauch May 17, 2013

    Wilson County Sherriff's Animal Control at it's finest. Calvin Woodard needs to be removed from office! Again, another story where they have FAILED!!!

  • sunshine1040 May 17, 2013

    Why was he given two weeks to fix the situation. Was he in the hospital himself or injured and nobody knew or was he just a hartless person but dogs should have been removed immediately and given proper care or treatment

  • Relic May 17, 2013

    I know you can't fix stupid but stupid shouldn't hurt a dog in the process.

  • WinnieFan May 17, 2013

    Sorry the dogs had to live another two weeks like this...

    There should be no "grace period" for people like that. If he cared anything about the animals, their "pens" would never have been in such condition.

  • RebelCat May 17, 2013

    So he let them suffer another 2 weeks before anything was done about it ... creep.

  • outhousecat May 17, 2013

    He knew they were coming back and still didn't do anything about it. This guy should NEVER be allowed to own another animal.

  • Obamacare survives May 17, 2013

    Ugh....I can't stand reading stories like this. Not enough is done to these people to discourage animal abuse.