Man arrested for animal cruelty after burning kitten in Portland

Portland, Tenn. (WTVF) — A person was arrested Friday for abusing a cat, leading to his dying in Portland earlier this week.

Richard Lee Tyler Russell, 39, of Portland, Tennessee, has been charged with excessive cruelty to animals.

The Portland Police Division mentioned Monday, Portland Police and Animal Management had been dispatched to Strawberry Road on Monday after somebody discovered the kittens burned and “sick because of this.”

The person who reported the animal cruelty incident to police recognized Russell as the one that beforehand had custody of the kittens.

Portland police say the kitten was injured in a hearth pit behind a home on Strawberry Road on Saturday, and that Russell failed to hunt any medical assist for the “apparently injured” animal.

The kittens had been taken Monday by Portland Animal Management to TRU Rescue in Mount Juliet, the place the animal later died of accidents.

Russell was discovered by Portland Police detectives who interviewed him concerning the incident that resulted within the kitten’s dying. Russell didn’t admit to injuring the animal, however gave an outline of the incident deemed unreliable by investigators.

Russell is presently lodged within the Sumter County Jail on $25,000 bond, and has a pending court docket date for November ninth later this 12 months.

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