JOHNSON CITY - A Washington County man has been charged with mistreating his horses, the latest in a string of abuse cases that has officials puzzled.
Scott Ramsey of Gray was arraigned Wednesday on charges of intentional killing of an animal and animal cruelty. He is accused of mistreating six horses, one of which died.
His court appearance came just a day after Limestone resident Norman Smith pleaded guilty to animal cruelty in connection to the 21 horses in his possession.
In the latest case, authorities found one horse at large and five more, including the one that was dead, in a barn.
"None of the horses had any food, hay or water," said Sheriff's Deputy Jeremy Kite. "All of the animals were malnourished to the point of death. The conditions in the barn were unfit for any living thing."
MTSU police investigate armed robbery, holdup at university
MURFREESBORO - Police at Middle Tennessee State University are investigating an armed robbery in a dorm room where a student was left taped to a chair.
Tom Tozer, an MTSU spokesman, said Wednesday that two men entered a room in Cummings Hall at about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and pulled a gun on a student.
They blindfolded and gagged the student and used duct tape to bind him to a chair in the room. They then took some computer items, his wallet and his car keys before leaving the freshman dorm and stealing his car, police said.
No one was hurt. The identity of the student, age 18, was not released.