HARRIMAN (WATE) - The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation has ordered the owner of a Morgan County pet crematory pay $10,000 to the state.
TDEC is asking Cameo Farr, owner of Elliot Pet Services, to pay back the costs of removing animal remains from her property after state officials discovered improper burial of animals at her crematory.
The order does not involve any criminal penalties, but the state is asking Farr to pay the $10,000 within 30 days.
On December 4, state officials started removing animals from Farr's property where she operated a pet crematorium.
An investigation began into Elliott Pet Services in September, after neighbors complained of a terrible smell.
A filing by the state says investigators found dead animals on Farr's property, some in plastic bags.
Earlier in December, TDEC spokesperson Kelly Brockman said that Farr said her incinerator had stopped working.
TDEC issued several violation notices and ordered her to stop all animal disposals.
The district attorney's office says, at the time, at least three large pits, about four feet deep each, were filled with pet remains, primarily dogs.
Workers wore breathing masks as they removed the remains.
Farr's attorney, Kevin Angel, did not respond to requests for comment on the new developments. In the past, Angel has said Farr has done nothing wrong.
In a release issued Monday by District Attorney General Russell Johnson, the office says it is waiting for TDEC to submit a prosecutable case for possible presentation to the Morgan County grand jury.
The DA's office says officials with TDEC told them that Farr's activities were not egregious enough to warrant criminal charges. Furthermore, none of Farr's permits have been revoked and neighbors say she has continued to operate the incinerator.
The DA's office says it is still looking into presenting the case to the grand jury, but says it faces an uphill battle.
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