A Tipton County felon was arrested Tuesday after a visit prompted by a complaint on the way he treats various animals.
Mike Parsons, a former candidate for county executive, is currently on parole after serving two and a half years in prison for holding neighbors at gunpoint after one of them killed one of his dogs. Parsons, on the website he uses to defend himself, called the incident a citizen’s arrest.
He maintains his innocence and has claimed he was railroaded by a corrupt judicial system, suggesting the judges in the case were biased.
A Feb. 7 complaint about the treatment of his pets from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals brought deputies, an animal control officer, a veterinarian and Parsons’ parole officer to his Hughes Road home Tuesday. There they found an estimated 70 wolf hybrids as well as multiple goats, rabbits, cats, turkeys and chickens on the property.
According to the sheriff’s office, the animals were found to be healthy, fed and adequately housed, however, weapons were also found on the property, a violation of Parsons’ parole.
Recovered were a Remington 700 .308 rifle with a scope, a loaded Smith and Wesson 357 revolver, magazines for an AR-15, more than 850 rounds of ammunition for various calibers of weapons and a bayonet for an AR-15.
Parsons, 52, was arrested and charged with being a felon in possession of firearms. He remains in custody pending a hearing in general sessions court.