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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