70 year-old charged with cruelty to horses, dogs

SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- On a scale of one to nine, the three horses found at Florence E. Ford's home on Thursday were given a body score of 1 by Sevier Co. Agriculture Extension Agent Alan Bruhin.

Officials also found five dogs at the Sevierville home, living in what Sheriff Ron Seals described as "inhumane conditions."

Animal Control officers discovered them there after the seventy year-old Ford refused to comply with a court order to let them periodically check on the welfare of her animals.

Ford was arrested on charges of Cruelty to Animals. The court order to let officers check up on her animals came after 33 dogs were found running at large and neglected back in April.

The horses were removed and taken to the Sevier Co. Humane Animal Shelter for treatment.

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  • by Anonymous on Sep 5, 2011 at 11:24 PM
    This woman is ill. She needs help instead of throwing her in jail or slap a fine on her. She is called an Animal Collector which means that a person can be characterized as a symptom of mental disorder rather than deliberate cruelty towards animals. Animal Collectors are deeply attached to their pets and find it extremely difficult to let the pets go. They typically cannot comprehend that they are harming their pets by failing to provide them with proper care. They tend to believe that they provide the right amount of care for their pets. She just need help and education.My prayers go to this lady and to all the animals too.
  • by Doug Location: Knoxville on Sep 4, 2011 at 04:15 AM
    When I think what I would do in the same situation I come to ONLY one answer. If my animals were starving I would find new homes for them. There are organizations that would take in those horses, I wouldn't let them starve.
  • by David Location: Blount Co. on Sep 3, 2011 at 08:35 AM
    I know this lady and she is a wonderful person. She has struggled to care for her animals due to economic and health reasons. Let us all remember that she is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
  • by makes-me-wonder Location: tn on Sep 3, 2011 at 08:13 AM
    I am not saying this lady should not have complied with a court order or taken care of her animals, but if you would do your research you would find a shocking trend of elderly ladies being targeted in these 'so called' raids by groups like ARC to get in the news so HSUS can push more unnecessary junk to legislature, just enforce the laws on the books and it WILL improve, show a little compassion to the elderly.
  • by Melba Location: Nashville on Sep 3, 2011 at 07:29 AM
    It's hard to believe a 70-yr old person would intentionally inflict this sort of neglect. More likely there are aging issues combined with lack of financial resources and ignorance of public resources available in a situation like this. Compassion, please.
  • by Katzdoc Location: Knoxville on Sep 2, 2011 at 02:03 PM
    It seems we are hearing this much too often. These people need to pay for the torture they are placing upon these innocent horses and dogs. They must get a real thrill doing this.. Lock them up and throw away the keys!!!
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      by Fred on Sep 3, 2011 at 07:30 AM in reply to Katzdoc
      Wait until you are 70 and walk in this womans shoes a while and then consider the case. Maybe she is a little forgetful and not so neglegent...Just saying...


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