Grundy County Woman Looks for Help in Dealing With Strays

Reported by: Bill Mitchell

Edited by: Harrison Pirtle
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Updated: 1/17 7:13 pm
GRUETLI-LAAGER, TN (WDEF-TV) On Thursday night we told you about a Grundy county woman, who's attempting to care for scores of animals at her farm home.
Neighbors call it a case of hoarding and a health hazard.
But Margaret Mary Allanson wants her neighbors to hear her side of the story.

Margaret Allanson lives in this farmhouse on a side road in Gruetli-Laager.
On our visit Thursday, we found she had a yard-full of dogs, and three horses, but we were not able to make contact with her.
She called us after the story ran.
The sight of so many animals in one place is a shock, so we asked the obvious question first--- why?

MARGARET ALLANSON, GRUNDY COUNTY "My heart I guess...they come to me and they are so...are so needy."

So, she doesn't turn any of them away--- that's why she's criticized by many in her community.

MARGARET ALLANSON, GRUNDY COUNTY "Well,you know, this is what I have to say. The very people that are complaining about the animals, these are the exact same people that are dumping animals at the cemetery ..throwing them over my fence."

Margaret Allanson is a published author.
She's written three novels and is now retired, and spending her evenings writing another.
She's lived here for 4 years , as her role as an animal lover and protector, spiraled out of control.
There are now about 40 dogs there.

MARGARET ALLANSON "I give them all their shots, I worm them, I neuter all the males..all of them."

Some call Ms. Allanson a hoarder.

MARGARET ALLANSON "Hoarders, that's a voluntary thing. They decide they're going to keep these animals...its in their mindset.
With me, its an involuntary thing..I have no choice."

Ms. Allanson says she buys a hundred pounds of dry dog food a day, and sometimes hunters bring her bones for the animals?

MARGARET ALLANSON "You've been to my house, you have seen my dogs.Did you see any of them that looked skinny. Did you see any that looked abused?"

Ms. Allanson says she's asked for help from local officials, who've told her there's nothing they can do to help.
She says some people are using her as an informal adoption service, which has provided homes for many of the dogs.


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animallover - 1/18/2014 6:12 PM
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There is a couple on Rock Ave. in Palmer Tn that someone needs to do something about they have a lot of dogs and cats and ther animals do not look like they are being feed not to mention the people how no electricity or water in their trailer something really should be done
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