Man charged with animal cruelty, fighting
Fire crews had to stop working on the forest fire to help rescue about 40 dogs and chickens from the woods in Hawkins County.
The sheriff's department was called out to Tater Hill Road by the US Forest Service on Saturday night. Deputies said the animals on the property had injuries and scars, as well as aggressive behavior, which are signs of fighting.
"There was no animal fighting on the property at the time, but the evidence does show these animals may have been fought or trained," said Hawkins County Chief Deputy Tony Allen.
Charvez Nelson Francisco of Knoxville was arrested and charged with cruelty to animals as well as cock and animal fighting.
The animals were taken to shelters in Hawkins, Washington, Jefferson and Hamblen Counties.
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