Julie Murphy believes says the images of dozens of caged dogs confiscated from Richard Orlowske's cabin does not reflect his true good intentions.
"The animals that he brought to his shelter were animals that were about to die anyhow. They were coming from dumpsters, they were coming from ditches off the side of the road. Majority of them were coming from shelters that was on the euthanization list for the next day," Murphy said.
Murphy said she has helped Orlowske with his mission and that the inhumane condition deputies found the dogs in last week were not typical.
She said, "When this occurred, Richard had been sick for a few days, his manager had just left to go out of town and he had been begging, begging for help from people to volunteer just for a few hours to come help him clean."
Two of the animals have died since being taken from Orlowske's cabin, but Murphy says that was not Orlowske's fault.
"Some of them would come in sick, some of them would come in hurt. I can tell you that he nursed many to health and he's lost a few."
The Rhea County Sheriff's department reported Orlowske was selling the dogs for around $250 Murphy said he never profited from the adoptions.
There was a couple of animals that had been sold to close to $250 because that includes some of the vetting. Some of these animals are coming to him hurt, full of worms, something going on," said Murphy.
She believes Richard is a victim and shouldn't be facing the animal cruelty charges.