Dogs rescued from Bradley County Property
Crates full of dogs looking for love fill the old Family Dollar Store in Charleston, Tennessee. Leighann Lassiter, Tennessee State Director Humane Society of the United States said, "The owner willing surrendered the animals to the SPCA of Bradley County, and the Humane Society of the United States set up the temporary shelter here that you see now." The dogs were rescued last week from appalling conditions and Rebecca Van Meter has been charged with one count of animal cruelty. Some of the animals have already been taken by Chattanooga area agencies.
All of the dogs are being thoroughly assessed by Veterinarians who have volunteered their time. Representatives say the conditions of the dogs are very typical of animals in puppy mills. Christina Kotowski, Volunteer said, "Theres a lot of hair loss. There are a lot of ear infections. Things like fleas, ticks, being emaciated slightly from not having the proper food and water that they needed." Lassiter said, "We actually have a significant amount of animals that have some really severe dental disease and she was breeding specifically for tiny, tiny dogs. So their size is very deceiving in relation to their age." Several national agencies including Red Rover and PetSmart Charities are providing sheltering needs and supplies. Kotowski said, "Its amazing to see these dogs getting what they need and being able to care for them."
Lassiter with the Humane Society of the United States wants people to understand that these dogs will have a lot of challenges after they are adopted. Lassiter said, "They haven’t been kept as pets. They haven’t been loved on. They haven’t been house trained. They haven’t been taught how to walk on a leash. So they are really going to need some patient, loving, understanding families who are willing to teach them how to do those things."
If you’re interested in adopting one of those dogs, you’re asked to call the SPCA in Bradley County at (423) 790-1915.