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Online portfolio and blog by Tony Gonzalez, family issues reporter for The Tennessean newspaper in Nashville. I married my high school sweetheart, Katie, a designer and bookbinder. I like juggling, maps, baseball, and bullmastiffs.

Two years at The Tennessean, July 2011 to present. Three years reporting and editing at The News Virginian, 2008 to 2011. Editor of college and high school newspapers. Internships at The Star Tribune, The Detroit News, and The Toledo Free Press. Chips Quinn Scholar 2007.

Tennessee Associated Press Managing Editors 2012 statewide Malcolm Law Memorial Award for Investigative Reporting, as well as the Freedom of Information award, for Department of Children's Services project.

Gannett company-wide award 2012 for Watchdog Journalism

Associated Press Managing Editors 2010 International Perspective First Place for "The Borders Within," as well as Public Service Honorable Mention for investigation into troubled children's psychiatric hospital

2009 and 2010 winner, with staff, of the Virginia Press Association's highest award: the Award for Journalistic Integrity and Community Service.

Virginia Press Association 2008, 2009, and 2010 awards for crime, investigative, breaking news, and feature writing

2011 Robert Novak Fellow

Michigan Collegiate Press Association "Journalist of the Year" 2008

Chips Quinn Scholar, Class of 2007

Civil Rights Project DCS project
Borders Within Multimedia
Sunday, November 22, 2009
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Standing before officials this month, the target of Augusta County’s largest dog cruelty case called the state veterinarian’s investigation into his kennel an overreaction and a joke.

Three months after authorities seized 99 dogs from his Stuarts Draft kennel, Kyle Brydge asked to keep the permit that allows him to maintain his operation there. The Zoning Appeals Board postponed a decision for 30 days to seek more information.

Perhaps Brydge should have let sleeping dogs lie.

Before the board now is state Veterinarian Rachel Touroo’ 200-page report detailing flea infestations, blindness, dehydration, dental disease and malnourishment in the sometimes-pregnant, small-breed female dogs kept at Oak Leaf Kennel on China Clay Road.

Board members will consider that report, others from Augusta County animal control officers and prosecutors and a wave of letters from locals, animal-lovers and the Humane Society of the United States that beg the county to deny Brydge’s permit request.

“In one case, a dog’s leg was so badly matted with hair and feces that ... circulation appeared to be constricted,” wrote Justin Scally, manager of the Washington, D.C.-based Humane Society’s Wilde Puppy Mills Task Force. He traveled to Stuarts Draft on Aug. 21, when the animals were seized. “The smell of the pus and infection ... was extremely overpowering ...

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