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Dogs reportedly abandoned at Kingsport apartment

Rain Smith • Oct 22, 2019 at 2:35 PM

BLOUNTVILLE — A Kingsport woman is jailed after allegedly abandoning a pair of pit bulls in her apartment, where authorities found the dogs emaciated and without sufficient food or water.

Stephanie L. Brown, 36, was booked into jail on Saturday for an unrelated violation of probation. While she was being held, outstanding warrants were served on two counts of animal cruelty.

Those charges were spurred by an anonymous complaint on May 22. According to Kingsport police records, the tipster relayed that a resident of Chadwick Drive had moved out but left behind two dogs. Court records add that the suspect, Brown, had not been seen by any neighbors for more than a week.

On a back deck of Brown's apartment, a Kingsport Police Department officer reportedly found a pit bull. The deck had no access to the ground, while the dog appeared malnourished with protruding ribs and backbone.

A second pit bull was spotted peering from an upstairs window. Police and an animal control officer then made contact with the apartment's owner and were allowed inside.

Each room and the deck were soiled by dog excrement, according to records, and littered throughout the residence were empty dog food containers. A police report says no bowls of water were located.

Animal control took custody of the dogs and transported them to a vet for treatment. Meanwhile, Kingsport police obtained warrants against Brown for animal cruelty.

This past weekend, a Sullivan County deputy located Brown at a mobile home on Barnett Drive. After being arrested for violation of probation, she was served the animal cruelty warrants out of Kingsport. As of Tuesday afternoon she remained held without bond due to her probation violation.

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