40 animals found in unsanitary conditions at Hawkins Co. home

Around 40 animals found in unsanitary conditions at Hawkins Co. home


ROGERSVILLE (WATE) - Approximately 40 animals, some deceased, were seized from a Hawkins County woman's home Wednesday night after they were found to be in extremely unsanitary conditions. The woman was also taken to the hospital.

Hawkins County Sheriff's Office deputies were called to the home of Margaret Augusti on Prices Road in Rogersville Wednesday night.

Augusti had reported hearing several explosions outside her residence, as well as several people being around her home.

While officers found no evidence of explosions or intruders, they did discover a variety of animals in what appeared to be extremely unsanitary conditions.

Approximately 40 animals were found in the home, including birds, cats, dogs, lizards, fish, guinea pigs and rats. Some were in cages, while others were not.

Five animals were found to already be deceased, including a guinea pig, a lizard and three birds. One dog had visible injuries.

All the animals were taken to the Hawkins County Humane Society for further care and a veterinary assessment.

Augusti was taken to a hospital by ambulance.

The investigation into the animals is ongoing.

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