Knoxville woman mourning the loss of dog in animal cruelty case

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - An unexpected connection to an animal cruelty case in Blount County. 

"In November, she just quit replying, she told me she was busy. She told me it would be a few weeks. Then... we saw this." said Traci Forsyth. 

Forsyth spent months looking for the right home for two of her dogs, Pork and Beans. Beans was found alive, Pork was not.

She visited homes, held interviews, and then, found someone who would adopt both of the Chihuahua/dachshund mixes. 

"Anger, sadness, hurt... pain. Literal pain in my heart." said Forsyth. 

The Blount County Sheriff's Office says Amy Renea Robertson, 43, will 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. 

Forsyth's dogs -- in Robertson's care. Forsyth says she signed a contract with Robertson before the adoption was final. In it, there were agreements outlined that if Robertson was unable to take care of the animals she could bring them back to Forsyth without issue. 

"I'm frustrated and I'm angry, and I have all sorts of emotions. I do realize there's a lot more going on here than what meets the eye." said Forsyth. 

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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