Bluff City woman faces 28 counts of animal cruelty

Bluff City woman faces 28 counts of animal cruelty

Posted: Updated:
Kathy Sullivan (Source: Sullivan County Sheriff's Office) Kathy Sullivan (Source: Sullivan County Sheriff's Office)
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Kingsport man accused of making meth in grandmother's basement

    Kingsport man accused of making meth in grandmother's basement

    Thursday, July 31 2014 9:47 PM EDT2014-08-01 01:47:46 GMT
    The owner of the home gave officers permission to search the house including the basement where her grandson Richard Little, 28, had been living.The owner of the home gave officers permission to search the house including the basement where her grandson Richard Little, 28, had been living.
    A Kingsport grandmother can't live in her own home tonight.That's because the house has been quarantined by Sheriff's deputies who say, without her knowledge, her grandson was making meth in the basement.Deputies said they found the lab after getting a tip that meth was being made in a home in the 4000 block of Potato Hill Road in Kingsport.More >>
    A Kingsport grandmother can't live in her own home tonight.That's because the house has been quarantined by Sheriff's deputies who say, without her knowledge, her grandson was making meth in the basement.Deputies said they found the lab after getting a tip that meth was being made in a home in the 4000 block of Potato Hill Road in Kingsport.More >>
  • Screams, panic caught on video as shark charges at swimmers near beach

    Screams, panic caught on video as shark charges at swimmers near beach

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 5:48 PM EDT2014-07-30 21:48:04 GMT
    Facebook image from Dan FlynnFacebook image from Dan Flynn
    A Florida beach cleared out – with the exception of a woman and lifeguard who tried to save her – when a shark was spotted heading straight toward swimmers on Tuesday afternoon. The panic of the 10-foot shark and people screaming from the pier was caught on tape.More >>
    A Florida beach cleared out – with the exception of a woman and lifeguard who tried to save her – when a shark was spotted heading straight toward swimmers on Tuesday afternoon. The panic of the 10-foot shark and people screaming from the pier was caught on tape.
    More >>
  • July Mugshots - Northeast Tennessee

    July Mugshots - Northeast Tennessee

    Monday, July 28 2014 3:21 PM EDT2014-07-28 19:21:09 GMT
    The following are mugshots of individuals arrested on a variety of charges in July by local authorities in Northeast Tennessee.More >>
    The following are mugshots of individuals arrested on a variety of charges in July by local authorities in Northeast Tennessee.More >>
SULLIVAN COUNTY, TN (WJHL) - A Sullivan County woman is facing 28 counts of animal cruelty after 23 cats and 12 dogs were found in poor health on her property.

The Sullivan County sheriff’s office received a tip that a number of dogs and cats were not properly cared for inside a home on Turner Road in Bluff City. The animals were in the care of 55-year-old Kathy Sullivan.

Detectives searched the home on September 9 and found unsuitable living conditions. Officers say the home had no circulating air and was "extremely hot". Trash and feces were found in the areas where the animals were kept and, according to officers, the home was infested with fleas.

All the cats and dogs were dehydrated.

The animals were taken to the shelter in Blountville. According to Tom Parham, this is the largest amount of animals to come in at one time.

Kathy Sullivan was taken to the Sullivan County Correctional Facility on December 17.

To help cover the medical costs of caring for the animals, the animal shelter was awarded nearly $7,000, after Assistant District Attorney Julie Caner applied for an emergency relief grant.

Copyright 2013 WJHL. All rights reserved.
Powered by WorldNow

1306 N. Broadway NE Knoxville,
Tennessee 37917

Telephone: 865.637.NEWS(6397)
Fax: 865.525.4091
Email: newsroom@wate.com

Can’t find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Young Broadcasting of Knoxville, Inc. A Media General Company.