Blount County woman to face 21 charges of animal cruelty

MARYVILLE, Tenn (WATE) - UPDATE: The Blount County Sheriff's Office says Amy Renea Robertson,43, to face 21 separate charges of animal cruelty. 

BCSO says Robertson admitted that she had no intentions of returning home to take care of the animals after she left her home approximately two weeks ago. 

Deputies say that Robertson claimed that she had roommates that were supposed to care for the animals while she was away, but later she admitted this was a lie. 

BCSO says Robertson is currently being held in the Blount County Correctional Facility on bonds totaling $105,000. 

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The Blount County Sheriff's Office says a woman wanted for 19 counts of animal cruelty has turned herself in after numerous dead and living dogs and cats were found in her house.

Deputies say Amy Renea Robertson, 43, surrendered to authorities Friday night. She was wanted on 19 warrants for aggravated cruelty to animals. Deputies said they planned to serve the warrants on her later Friday evening.

Deputies were called to her mobile home on Highway 72 in south Blount County Thursday for a welfare check. Her landlord had called to say she hadn't reported to work in a week and she had not had contact with Robertson in a couple of weeks.

"Of the four [dogs] that were removed last night, two had the body composition score at one. most of the animals that had come out of the house are on special diets." said Jim Naelitz, the director of the Blount County Animal Center. 

Deputies made their way into the home and found multiple animals dead in cages, as well as multiple animals running around the house. There were six dead dogs and three dead cats. They are believed to have died of dehydration, starvation and the cold.

Animal control removed five living dogs and then found two additional dogs and cats on Friday.

Two cats are still inside the home, but deputies were unable to catch them Friday. They have set up humane animal traps in order to safely catch the remaining two cats inside the home so they can be treated by professionals. 

The Knoxville office of the SPCA is assisting with the investigation. The director of the Blount County Animal Center says it's the worst case of aggravated animal cruelty he's seen.

"The two cats that were in there seem to be the healthiest of the animals that were in there. They didn't want to be caught by us, by animal control," said one deputy during Friday's press conference. 

No other details have been released. 


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