Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Glenda Marie Cagle & James Edward Cagle - Knoxville, Tennessee

Aug 25, 2010: Siblings charged in South Knox dog hoarding case accept plea deal

A pair of south Knoxville siblings accused in a dog hoarding case have pleaded guilty.

Glenda Marie Cagle and James Edward Cagle were charged with animal cruelty.

More than two dozen of them had to be put down, but the rest wererehabilitated and taken to rescue agencies or adopted into good homes. Animal rescue officials nicknamed the dogs the Tennessee Toe Hounds, because most of them had an extra toe.

As part of their plea deal, some of the charges against the Cagles were dropped or reduced. They will avoid jail time, as long as they abide by the court's orders. The judge ordered them not to own any animals for at least two years, and will have to seek counseling. Animal control will make home visits to ensure they are abiding by the judge's orders..." More

Jun 13, 2010: Hoarding a danger to people, animals
By Chloe White Kennedy

On April 22, animal control officers removed 76 dogs from a South Knoxville house on Neubert Springs Road. They had to wade through animal feces 6 inches to a foot deep inside to remove the animals, some of which had hidden behind wall panels.

Residents Glenda Marie Cagle, 64, and James Edward Cagle, 67, were charged with five counts each of aggravated animal cruelty. They are due in court July 13.

The house was condemned by a city codes enforcement inspector, and 29 of the 76 dogs were euthanized because they were too aggressive, suffered severe health problems or were too malnourished to be nursed back to health, according to Young-Williams Animal Center Executive Director Tim Adams.

The remaining 47 dogs have received veterinary care at the center and evaluations from local and

ASPCA animal behaviorists. Sixteen have been moved to the adoption floor. As of Friday, five had been adopted and nine faced residential training to prepare them for adoption..." More

May 13, 2010: Animal lovers walk fine line between rescue, addiction

By Amanda Greever

Sometimes people really just don’t know when to stop.

Let me use alcoholism as an example. For those battling the bottle, alcohol is a need. It might start small, but the victim keeps knocking back shots or drinks as if they were water. For an alcoholic, one drink is too many but 10 is never enough.

A couple of weeks back I saw a story on the news that left me in tears. More than 70 dogs were removed from a home in South Knoxville. About 30 of them had to be euthanized due to the treatment they’d received. The dogs were malnourished and about six inches of feces covered the floor..."" More

Apr 26, 2010: Son of accused Knoxville dog hoarder says father has reached out


The son of a man charged with animal cruelty for hoarding more than 70 dogs in South Knoxville said his father has reached out to him for help.

James Cagle, Jr. doesn't know how long his father, James Edward Cagle, and aunt, Glenda Marie Cagle, had been living in their house in deplorable conditions.

"Last couple of years I think he's not been associating with anyone," his son said.

He added that he's been estranged from his father for years until Sunday when his dad reached out to him for help.

"He was bawling in tears, grabbing me up, something he hasn't done in a while. It tore my heart out to see him so upset," his son said.

On Monday, his son was at the condemned home on Neubert Springs Road looking for anything worth saving before it's demolished..." More & video

Apr 25, 2010: Both suspects out on bond in Knoxville animal cruelty case

The brother and sister charged in a large animal cruelty investigation in Knoxville are both out on bond.

Deputies say James Cagle was released from the Knox County Detention Facility on Saturday.

His sister, Glenda Cagle, was released on bond Sunday night.

The two are facing felony charges after more than 75 dogs were seized from their home in South Knoxville Thursday..." More

Apr 23, 2010: Knoxville animal center begins rehabilitating rescued dogs


The majority of the dogs rescued from a brother and sister charged with animal cruelty remain at Young-Williams Animal Center in Knoxville Friday for rehabilitation.

Officials say they're not ready for adoption yet, but donations are being accepted.

Officers took more than 70 dogs from the home of Glenda Marie Cagle, 64, and her brother, James Edward Cagle, 67, in South Knoxville Thursday afternoon.

Officers unloaded the dogs at the animal center and veterinarians assessed their health in a triage set up to handle the large number.

Many of the 47 remaining dogs are in poor condition. Some have protruding bones or patches of fur missing..." More & video

Apr 22, 2010: 76 dogs removed from South Knoxville home, brother and sister charged


A brother and sister were charged Thursday with several counts of felony animal cruelty after officers removed 76 dogs from their South Knoxville home over two days.

Glenda Marie Cagle, 64, and James Edward Cagle, 67, were arrested at different times Thursday at their home at 5412 Neubert Springs Road near Martin Mill Pike.

James Cagle was missing from the house Thursday afternoon, he returned in the evening and was taken into custody in the back yard without incident.

Police and animal control officers arrived at the home with a search warrant at 12:33 p.m. and started removing the dogs after receiving an anonymous tip from neighbors.

Officers couldn't open the door to the house because there was about a foot of dog feces in the way. Police said waste was six inches to 1.5 feet deep throughout the house. Very upset dogs also met them at the door.

As the dogs tried to escape, one was mauled and eaten by other dogs.

When officers were finally able to start removing the dogs, they got about 30 before they said Glenda Cagle came out wearing a bathrobe and slippers covered in feces.

Glenda Cagle insisted the dogs were healthy, and were fed one bag of dog food a day. When told about the dogs eating the one dog, she said, "Oh, they do that.".." More & video