The Grundy County Sheriff’s Office has made an arrest in an animal cruelty case in Gruetli-Laager. Tommy Hoyt James was arrested Friday afternoon and charged with eight counts of animal abuse after the Sheriff’s Office received complaints of dead and disabled horses at the residence.
Sheriff Clint Shrum stated when investigators arrive at the home on Thursday afternoon they did find one colt down and a dead horse in which the corpse had not been properly disposed. Additionally, several horses appeared to be malnourished.
“These findings launched a call to the Tennessee Department of Agriculture Animal Health Division,” commented Shrum.
A veterinarian from that agency was sent to assist in the investigation and found eight horses that scored below the optimal mark. The Sheriff’s Office with the assistance of the TDA and the Volunteer Equine Advocates worked late Friday finding placement for these horses.
James’ bond was set at $20,000. His first court appearance will be Tuesday March 21.