Two people are behind bars Wednesday after a large-scale animal cruelty case investigation.
Police found almost four dozen dogs and cats in filthy and inhumane conditions in Cookeville. 44-year-old Tara Neutzler and 53-year-old Donald Schoenthal are charged with three counts of animal cruelty and one count of aggravated animal cruelty.
Authorities found 42 cats and dogs in filthy conditions while serving a warrant for Tenncare fraud at the couple’s home in Cookeville last week.
It was later discovered the couple had previously been arrested for a separate animal cruelty case in Carroll County.
Neutzler and Schoenthal are each being held on $10,000 bonds. In the meantime, Animal Rescue Corps will be caring for the animals.