Grundy County Residents Look For Ways to Stop Animal Hoarder

Edited by: Ashley Henderson

Reported by: Bill Mitchell
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Updated: 1/16 7:14 pm
GRUETLI-LAAGER, TENNESSEE (WDEF-TV)-- There are as many as 60 dogs living in the yard of a Gruetli-Laager farm house.
Neighbors say it more than just hoarding, or animal cruelty--- it's a health hazard, and possibly dangerous for anyone who comes near.
What can they do about it?
Apparently not much!

If you drove a mile from the Gruetli-Laager city hall and turned onto Swiss Colony Cemetery Road, you'll be greeted by a shocking sight.
Scores of dogs, and at least 4 horses---some inside the fence, others running loose.
It's the kind of scenario that most animal protection agencies moan about, but where are they now?
Jimmy Scott, who manages cemeteries in the county met us across the street from the run-down home.

JIMMY SCOTT, CHAIRMAN, SWISS COLONY CEMETERY ASSOC. "The former county mayor, Mr.Bolden..he came over here and tried to do something with the dogs, and he told me there's over a 100 dogs."

And yes, Scott says, the animals do show up there during funerals.

Grundy county authorities say the farm house belongs to Margaret Mary Allanson, who is listed as a free lance writer.
We tried to contact her at the home.
It wasn't a good idea to try to approach the house, and she did not come to the fence.
Grundy county records show she was cited in 2011 for letting animals run loose, but the charge was dropped when the officer didn't show in court.
Nothing has changed since then.

DONNA STOGLER, NEIGHBOR "We've done everything, we called human services,we've called the health department. The health department comes out? They didn't come out, all we do is call them..they say there ain't nothing they can do."

Donna Stogler and the other neighbors say they don't what to do about the tragic scene down the road.
The sheriff is also frustrated.

SHERIFF BRENT MYERS, GRUNDY COUNTY "The sheriff's office is going to be in contact with the Humane Society, and try to get them involved in what's going on out there."

It's not known when, or if, the home owner is feeding the dogs.
Residents living nearby wonder how long it'll be before they become the target.

The Hamilton county Humane Society told us today they will also send the information to National Headquarters, and to other animal protection agencies.
Like many small counties, Grundy does not have any animal cruelty laws.



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bekind - 1/26/2014 11:48 PM
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everyone is quick to judge but slow to be part of the solution

dbro kscsk - 1/17/2014 8:35 AM
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*fit

dbro kscsk - 1/17/2014 8:33 AM
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Everyone is very quick to judge Ms Margaret badly without knowing the whole story. Where do the people who are dropping these dogs off in the cemetery fitting into those judgments. She does not get these dogs by choice, she simply tries to take care of the ones discarded by the very uncaring people who are making these judgments. Yes she has too many for the simple reason she can't get help with them. She does without food herself to see to it they are fed. Maybe we need to offer her some help before we "string her up", what do you think?

MAlmond - 1/17/2014 1:31 AM
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I know for a fact these animals are fed and cared for by Margaret. She spends countless hours and money on these animals. People are constantly throwin animals out over her fence when she's not home adding to the problem. Yes, the animals probably don't get alot of one on one interaction with her but she does love these animals. Her water froze up 2 weeks ago and she called the store I work in crying hysterical because she didn't want these animals to not have water and die. She bought about $40 in water that day for these animals. Yes she does need help getting rid of some of the animals (she would probably admit this) but everyone needs to quit taking animals out there. This will start the process...so don't judge someone before you know the whole story.
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