6th Circuit COA Upholds Dismissal of Lawsuit Against Clarksville, Montgomery Co. Agencies

Animal Control and law enforcement officers in Montgomery County and Clarksville scored a big victory in the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals after the court upheld the dismissal of an animal cruelty lawsuit against municipal agencies, The Leaf Chronicle reports. Cindy Leeann King sued Montgomery County, a Clarksville police officer, a local animal control officer and the city’s animal care and control director after dogs in her care were confiscated over allegations of severe neglect, resulting in 10 animal cruelty charges against King. The animal cruelty charges were ultimately dismissed, with King then filing a suit maintaining an illegal search and seizure and violations of due process. The court affirmed the ruling by the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee that officers were justified in the search, animal control acted properly, and King had not exhausted all avenues of due process under Tennessee law.

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