CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – A man is facing 15 counts of animal cruelty after Montgomery County Animal Control discovered 15 pit bulls in poor condition at his home.
“They weren’t living in the best conditions,” said Animal Control Director Tim Clifton. “They had minimum food, minimum water, and shelter that was questionable.”
The investigation has been ongoing since April, but the case was not brought to court until Monday, Nov. 3. “That’s part of the problem with this. It just now got to court because it keeps getting continuances on it,” Clifton said. The owner, Michael Robinson, was charged and convicted, but has yet to surrender the animals.
An investigator with Animal Control visited Robinson’s home Tuesday, Nov. 4 to check on the welfare of the animals and reported seeing only 12 of the original dogs, and said they were still in poor condition. According to Clifton, a judge has given Robinson a “reasonable amount of time” to surrender the pit bulls, which Clifton believes should be sometime this week.
Clifton said many of the dogs appeared to be vicious, and will not know what will happen to the dogs when they are surrendered until he can evaluate their state and temperament. “I’m hoping that they’re going to have enough good temperament that we can adopt them out,” he said. “I would hate to think that we’d have to do anything else with them.”