Deputies: Evicted man abandoned 14 dogs

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SARATOGA — A man faces more than two-dozen charges including animal cruelty after authorities say he was evicted from a Saratoga home and left behind multiple dogs. Wilson County Animal Enforcement received a call in reference to several dogs who were left behind at a 6756 Main St. home.

Officials say 29-year-old Laroderick Marquavious Horne was evicted from the property. He was give a 72-hour “corrective action notice” in order to make arrangements to come back and remove the dogs from the home, according to Wanda Samuel, sheriff’s office chief of staff. She said Horne failed to meet that requirement.

Authorities located 14 mixed-breed dogs on the property, including four puppies, she said.

All of the dogs were taken to the Wilson County Animal Shelter. Samuel said health-wise, the dogs appear to be in good condition. She said the cruelty charges stem from the living conditions. Some dogs were tethered improperly and a couple were kept in small cages, officials said.

Horne is charged with 14 counts of abandonment of an animal, 10 counts of failure to vaccinate, four counts of improper tethering and two counts of animal cruelty.

Samuel said the dogs are not eligible for adoption until all matters have been cleared in court.