Claiborne County couple arrested again for animal cruelty

Claiborne County couple arrested again for animal cruelty

Charlie Gregory (source: Claiborne County Sheriff's Office) Charlie Gregory (source: Claiborne County Sheriff's Office)
Tanichiah Little (source: Claiborne County Sheriff's Office) Tanichiah Little (source: Claiborne County Sheriff's Office)

6 News Reporter

NEW TAZEWELL (WATE) - A couple arrested in Claiborne County in February are in trouble again for new charges of animal cruelty.

Charlie Gregory and Tanichiah Little were charged with 134 counts of animal cruelty when officers discovered more than 130 animals in a horse trailer they were towing.

The couple pleaded guilty and surrendered all of the animals, which included rabbits, chickens, dogs, and peacocks.        

As part of their plea they were not supposed to own any animals for an entire year.        

Gregory and Little were arrested again Sunday after they were found with 29 chickens at Giles Flea Market.

A sheriff's deputy was called to the flea market on a report of a fight involving Gregory. That is when the chickens were discovered. They had allegedly been neglected.

The chickens are now being held at the Claiborne Animal Shelter.

"I was just in shock," said shelter manager Misti Coffey. "I couldn't believe that he would go ahead and be so public about owning more animals again."

Claiborne County Sheriff David Ray says it is not easy to make sure people do not repeat their crimes.

"These people that are placed on probation have to meet a probation officer monthly, and of course they are interviewed," Sheriff Ray said. "If we get a complaint, of course, we'll check on them."

The issue for now is taking care of the chickens.

"We primarily focus on dogs and cats, so chickens are just a rarity we get in," said Coffey. "We once again had to put up temporary cages and go out and buy feed for them."    

The chickens will stay at the shelter until a judge makes a decision on the new charges.     

Coffey says she hopes more people will keep a close eye on Gregory and Little.

"Hopefully we can put a stop to it," she said. 

The couple is expected to be in court Thursday morning to face their new animal cruelty charges.      

The shelter welcomes any monetary donations to help care for the chickens. You can contact the shelter by calling (423) 626-2686.

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