Man who tried to rescue dogs enters cruelty plea

DAYTON, Tenn. (AP) -- A Rhea County man who said his taking in of dogs was a rescue attempt has entered a "no contest" plea to a single count of animal cruelty.

Richard Orlowske must pay $468 in court costs and can't reopen his "Save My Tail" rescue in Evensville for a year. Orlowske can still keep personal pets at his home, following the hearing in Circuit Court on Tuesday.

Investigators said more than two dozen dogs found at Orlowski's home on Feb. 14 didn't have adequate food, shelter of veterinary care.

Defense attorney Justin C. Angel told the Chattanooga Times Free Press that by conceding the state had enough evidence against him, but maintaining his innocence, Orlowske can more quickly reopen his dog rescue.

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