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Case ID: 18982
Classification: Neglect / Abandonment
Animal: dog (non pit-bull)
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Saturday, Dec 10, 2011

County: Anderson

Disposition: Alleged

Alleged: Nikole Ranae Lynch

A Glenwood neighborhood woman was arrested Tuesday on an animal cruelty charge for allegedly abandoning her dog.

Oak Ridge Police Officer Clint Foland arrested 25-year-old Nikole Lynch on a warrant for cruelty to animals. She was taken to the Anderson County jail, where she posted a $5,000 bond and was released from custody.

Officer Michael Swigert reported Lynch moved out of her 128 Athens Road home on Dec. 10 and left her Rottweiler dog in a cage in the back yard.

Records said neighbors called the Police Department and reported Lynch had moved and left the dog.

When Swigert got to the house, he found the dog with a three- to four-foot cable attached to her neck inside the cage. The Rottweiler reportedly had no food, water and no protection from the cold.

Neighbors told Swigert the dog had been out all night and whimpering.

The dog was removed from the yard and taken to the Oak Ridge Animal Shelter.

Lynch is to appear in General Sessions Court on Jan. 9.

Depending on the court's judgment in the case, the dog could be returned to Lynch or could be put up for adoption through the shelter.


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