The director of a local animal shelter charged with animal cruelty appeared in court Monday.
Terry Starnes was the director of The Friends Animal Shelter in Cocke County and according to a volunteer, he no longer works there.
Starnes is charged with cruelty to animals after a canine rescue volunteer showed Cocke County deputies pictures of malnourished dogs and filthy shelter conditions.
During his brief court appearance Monday, Starnes told the judge he is still trying to secure an attorney. His hearing has been reset for Jan. 23, 2019.