PIGEON FORGE — Two renters from a Pigeon Forge apartment have been charged with multiple counts of cruelty to animals and aggravated cruelty to animals after they allegedly abandoned several pets in the apartment earlier this year.
Autumn N. Crowder and Domanyk C. Williams, both 19, allegedly left the animals in an apartment on Hickory Drive after getting an eviction notice and moving to another location.
Police were called to the residence on June 5, after getting a call saying a dog had been abandoned at an apartment.
When they entered to see if the dog had food or water, they found four cats in a cage without food or water. One of the cats died, and the other three were malnourished, according to warrants.
They also found a rabbit in the apartment, while there were two others that were found dead in a plastic container.
“The apartment was rented by Domanyk C. Williams and Autumn N. Crowder, who were in the process of being evicted,” according to the warrants.
They were aware the animals were in the apartment while they were living in another location.
The two of them were arrested Wednesday after Crowder picked up a new charge of domestic assault, according to the warrants.
Police were called to Cold Creek over a domestic disturbance between two step-siblings, and an investigation showed Crowder had struck her stepbrother during that altercation.
Crowder and Williams were being held at the Sevier County Jail.
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