Local man charged w/ animal cruelty

Bowen said Animal Control Officers visited the house to speak with Lynn but were denied entry and access to the animals.

He noted that while speaking with Lynn, officers reportedly saw an animal carcass on the ground just outside the back door and could smell a foul odor emanating from the house.

Based on their observations and the information provided by the animal rescue group, a search warrant was obtained for the property.

Bowen said officers found the house cluttered, and the animals did not appear to be healthy or have access to clean food or water. Large amounts of feces and hair covered the entire house where officers found eight dogs, two cats and six rabbits.

The animals were emaciated, had open sores and were either losing fur or had already lost all their fur, the police chief said, adding There was no running water and no air conditioning inside the house.

All of the animals were confiscated and taken to a veterinarian. One of the dogs, however, died Wednesday morning and will undergo an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

The remaining animals are still being examined by a vet and we are waiting to hear their condition, Bowen said.

Lynn was arrested and charged with animal cruelty and is being held on a $10,000 bond in the Wilson County Jail.