LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ala. – An African elephant at the center of animal cruelty charges will now remain in a Tennessee sanctuary, following the ruling of Lawrence County District Judge Angela Terry.
Monday, Judge Terry gave custody of Nosey the elephant to Lawrence County, and animal control officer Kimberly Carpenter says Nosey will remain at the Hohenwald sanctuary. Carpenter tells WHNT News 19 that the county does not have the means or facilities to care for Nosey.
Lawrence County Assistant District Attorney Callie Waldrep will be in touch with the Tennessee Elephant Sanctuary and they will draw up custody forms for the county to sign Nosey over to the sanctuary.
Nosey made headlines in November after she was taken to the sanctuary and out of the care of the Great American Family Circus from Orlando following concerns of mistreatment.
In December, the small family circus’ owner, Hugo Liebel, and his wife were arrested on animal cruelty …