McKamey, CPD respond to animal welfare call on Curtis St. in Chattanooga

35-year-old Tommy Barkley was arrested and faces several charges from both McKamey and Chattanooga Police. (Image: WTVC)

Chattanooga Police and workers with the McKamey Animal Center recovered six dogs and arrested one man who investigators say faces several charges.

Authorities say that the man is being investigated for a possible dog-fighting ring, and McKamey is citing him with failure to obtain city licenses, failure to vaccinate for rabies, and tethering.

The call came in shortly after noon on Thursday.

McKamey officials say they had a call from a neighbor complaining about the welfare of animals on the property on 2901 Curtis Street, so they went to investigate.

A McKamey spokesman says there were six dogs and one cat at the property. The dogs were all tied up outside the home.

Chattanooga Police were called after McKamey officials say the man at the home threatened workers.

CPD spokesman Kyle Miller says while assisting McKamey the suspect tried to run away by jumping out of the second story of the home. Miller says police chased after him, and K9 officer Anik eventually caught up with him. Miller says the suspect, 35-year-old Tommy Barkley hit Anik, landing him additional animal cruelty charges.

Miller says during the case, one officers tried to use a Taser, but it was ineffective.

Shortly after the man's arrest, McKamey officials moved inside the home to retrieve the animals.

Crews removed 6 dogs from the property, and they are now at McKamey.

Miller says Barkley had multiple warrants on file, the nature of those warrants were not immediately available.

NewsChannel 9 reporter Alyssa Spirato went live from the scene on Facebook as the drama unfolded.

This is a developing story. Depend on us to bring you updates as we get them.

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