published Thursday, February 24th, 2011

Seized Chihuahuas in 'very neglectful situation,' officer testifies

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    Winston Andrew O'Dell waits in the Hamilton County Courthouse commons area before making an appearance before Judge Russell Bean in a cruelty to animals case where McKamey animal welfare officials seized 19 dogs from his home earlier this month. Staff photo by Dan Henry .
    Photo by Dan Henry /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

The owner of 19 Chihuahuas taken by the McKamey Animal Shelter and Adoption Center was told this morning he could choose two to keep and the rest would be placed elsewhere.

City Court Judge Russell Bean told Winston Andrew O'Dell that a friend would get the oldest dog, Ms. Brownie, and 16 would go to McKamey.

In City Court this morning, a Chattanooga animal control officer described conditions inside a trailer where 19 Chihuahuas were kept as a "very neglectful situation."

"There was feces and urine all over the place," Officer Jay Nicholson said in City Court this morning. "We got them out of there as fast as we could."

The trailer had no electrical power and the temperature inside at the time the dogs were seized was 101 degrees.

Dog owner Winston Andrew O'Dell, 47, faces 96 charges in connection with his treatment of the dogs.

Officials with McKamey Animal Shelter and Adoption Center, which handles the city's animal control, say they've spent $4,707 caring for the dogs since they were rescued on Feb. 14.

For complete details, see tomorrow's Times Free Press.

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about Todd South...

Todd South covers courts, poverty, technology, military and veterans for the Times Free Press. He has worked at the paper since 2008 and previously covered crime and safety in Southeast Tennessee and North Georgia. Todd’s hometown is Dodge City, Kan. He served five years in the U.S. Marine Corps and deployed to Iraq before returning to school for his journalism degree from the University of Georgia. Todd previously worked at the Anniston (Ala.) Star. Contact ...

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Rivieravol said...

Roll Tide!

February 24, 2011 at 12:10 p.m.
tjm3914 said...

Is he related to Dadeville Al?

February 24, 2011 at 12:30 p.m.
Sprtman said...

Graduate of the Animal husbandry course of study at University Of Alabama.

February 24, 2011 at 5:34 p.m.
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