published Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

Bradley County couple facing 39 counts of animal cruelty

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    James Freeman, 48, and Patricia Freeman, 53, are expected to go before a judge today after they were given a summons to appear. The couple reported to the jail Monday night and were released, according to a released statement.

A Bradley County couple faces 39 counts of animal cruelty after Bradley County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to their residence on Ellis Drive finding 20 dogs, two horses, 16 birds and a cat that were not adequately cared for, according to a released statement.

The animals did not have clean water or food in temperatures reaching into the 90s.

James Freeman, 48, and Patricia Freeman, 53, are expected to go before a judge today after they were given a summons to appear. The couple reported to the jail Monday night and were released, according to a released statement.

Deputies were providing the animals water when the couple returned home.

The sheriff’s office states animal control has responded to the residence over 70 times.

All of the animals were taken by animal control except for the birds, according to a released statement.

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chatttn said...

There is a special place in hell for these people. Right next to the child abusers.

June 7, 2011 at 1:59 p.m.
kris said...

why didn't animal control get the birds too?why did they leave them to suffer?don't birds count as animals? whoever took some of the abused animals and left the birds should be held as liable as the freemans, even more so. the people that were arrested are just citizens, they didn't take an oath to protect Gods creatures. Or did the Oath they took when they accepted their job include birds? did it say I promise to care for and protect all creatures from harm, or all creatures from harm except birds? Thats a miscarriage of justice, and its an insult. I can't believe that animal control would even allow that to be printed, they should be ashamed of themselves. its also heartbreaking because birds above dogs and cats need protection because they cannot survive out in the streets and they cant get away from their captors, because they are already locked up in cages.I wish I knew where they were so I could go an offer my assistance to the freemans, because they probably started with good intentions, but just got overwhelmed. if they had the facilities to care for their animals they probably would have cared for them better, unlike animal control who have the facilities, and the funds, its not like they had to go out and catch them as they were probably already in cages. Shame on you animal control.and if A.C. couldn't care for the birds or didnt want too, they should have had the intelligence to find someone who could and would there are dozens of bird rescues in this area.

June 7, 2011 at 6:02 p.m.
xtranaut said...

Kris....your comments are absurd. Man is the intelligent species, therefore, he is supposed to be a steward of the Earth and all things in it. Common sense dictates that if you are incapable of effectively taking care of animals or children or the elderly..or anything you voluntarily hold captive, you should find people who can. It isn't about animals having any less a chance in the wild, somewhere else, or being "let go". Even if those were viable alternatives, animals don't have a choice. It is about HUMANS deciding to hoard that which they can not adequately provide for. Domestic animals are a major responsibility, just as much as children. Economics is an instant way of knowing whether you are "qualified" to have, feed, and provide shots and medical care for that many animals. Another is whether you can give them proper attention and exercise and be there for them. You can not CAGE living things without allowing them to exercise --- even birds. Animals also require human interaction and socialization. Birds become very depressed when left by themselves and most dogs and cats suffer from separation anxiety. You can't leave for days or weeks without having to arrange for others to care for them. Just when you think man is the intelligent animal --- think again. He may have it but he too often, doesn't use it.

This is a case of pure ignorance and neglect and these people should be punished by more than a fine. They should feel what it is like to be caged and (if it were me) not fed for awhile.

It speaks volumes when you say "they" (THE ANIMAL CONTROL) should have had the intelligence to......" yet you think these people who were just "overwhelmed" shouldn't have possessed the intelligence to know whether they were capable of providing a healthy environment for all of these living things. Stupidity abounds. The road to hell is paved with "good intentions".

June 7, 2011 at 7:32 p.m.
NoMyth said...

These people should be imprisoned, their animals taken away, and required to pay restitution (via labor) for the total cost of the animal control officers to respond on seventy occasions, based on the total cost to taxpayers to fund 70 days (including benefits, pensions, etc) for the local government to employ animal control officers. These people should have their right to keep any animals permanently revoked (i.e., they are not eligible to obtain a license to own any animal) in the State of Tennessee.

June 7, 2011 at 10:13 p.m.
jennbo said...

I live near here, and I called 3 times since February trying to get these animals taken care of. There is something seriously wrong with Bradley County animal control if these animals are JUST NOW being seized and hopefully re-nourished and re-homed. I can't tell you how angry it makes me.

I -saw- the horses, they were tied up to a stake in the middle of a muddy field, no water, no grain, not even grass to chew on. It just boggles my mind that Cleveland made 70 freaking visits and didn't get the hint to save these animals from a neglectful home.

June 7, 2011 at 11:23 p.m.
lil_yoyo said...

i have known these two for over 15 years..and they have been trying to find homes for all the animals..they have been having a hard time but i know that they try...people bring them animals..or drop them off..he has wanted to clean his yard and make it better for the animals..but he has no help no vehicle..if i where there i would help..instead of driving by and passing judgement..i would stop and offer help..the only thing they might be guilty of is careing to much..i would stand as a witness that they dont neglect there animals i know that he feed and waters all the animals first thing in the morning and makes sure there is water all day..they dont beat there animals...they dont cage them up..he has kennels..if u drive by and where just so worried then why didnt u stop and ask about an animal or offer some help give me a break..u are just on here to pass judgement u cant judge a book by its cover u gotta stop and read it

July 11, 2011 at 10:51 a.m.
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