Dead dog, caged monkey found in sweltering trailer

Jeff Bobo • Jul 13, 2019 at 12:30 PM

CHURCH HILL — A Church Hill woman was charged with two counts of animal cruelty Wednesday after police allegedly found a dead dog in her bathtub and a monkey suffering from dehydration in a cage.

The 19-year-old macaque monkey, named Josie, is being housed at the Hawkins County Humane Society until the case is resolved in Hawkins County Sessions Court.

On Wednesday afternoon, the Church Hill Police Department responded to a report of possible animal cruelty at 1268 Burlington Road, Lot 1, which is the residence of 41year-old Lisa Jean Wade.

Wade reportedly told CHPD Detective Kevin Grigsby she had been staying with family in Lot 9 of the same mobile home park for about three months due to not having electricity in Lot 1.

Wade also reportedly stated that she had recently taken in an injured dog that had died several days earlier, and she hadn’t had time to dispose of it.

Upon entering Lot 1, police reportedly found the interior of the residence to be in excess of 100 degrees with no open windows for ventilation.

The dog was found deceased in a bathtub, and the monkey was located inside a cage with no access to food or water.

“The monkey appeared dehydrated and quickly drank two juice boxes that were given to it,” Grigsby said. “The interior of the residence was not fit to be lived in by persons or animals due to extreme trash, feces, and an unbearable odor.”

Wade reportedly stated she didn’t leave the windows open due to the noise made by the monkey and the odor coming form the interior.

She also reportedly stated that she hadn’t been inside the residence for about three weeks and thought her daughter was caring for the animals.

Wade was released from the Hawkins County Jail on $2,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in Sessions Court Monday.

Meanwhile, the HCHS is caring for Josie, and shelter manager Sandy Behnke said Josie seems to be in good condition. They are spoiling her at the shelter, Behnke added.

“I brought her in a TV and DVD player so she can watch movies,” Behnke said. “She loves green beans, jerky, cantaloupe, watermelon, and drinking Kool-Aid with a straw. Also bananas and cookies. She also likes almonds, whole wheat bread, and applesauce.”

Wade and other family members visited Josie Thursday, and they indicated they’ve had her for 18 years and want her back, Behnke said.

If the court orders Josie removed from the family, Behnke said she will have her adopted to a family capable of taking care of her.

“We do not want to give her to a zoo because she’s domesticated,” Behnke said. “If the owners lose custody, we will find her the best possible home.”

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