Murfreesboro Police arrested a 24-year old man and charged him with three counts of “Cruelty to Animals.” Police took Richard Gilbreath into custody and noted that when they arrived at his home on Dogwood Drive, it was littered in trash and dog feces. Officer Ernst also wrote that the smell of urine was strong throughout the home.
Officers said that three dogs belonging to Gilbreath were badly malnourished and abnormally thin. Two of the dogs were in such bad shape and convulsing, that they had to be put to sleep.
The dogs were apparently kept in a rear bedroom of the residence. In that bedroom, dog feces and urine was all over the floor. Photographs were taken and placed into evidence at the MPD.
The Pet Adoption and Welfare Services office is further conducting an investigation into the incident. Gilbreath will appear in court on April 28, 2014.
Murfreesboro Police Department