More on Dover pet seizing case!
The story below is in the paper today, and you can find it in the local news section of The Leaf-Chronicle online. There you'll see a list of the pets taken. Jamie wrote the article, whom many of you met at the Wags to Witches dance. I have asked him to send me more photos I can post. I saw them at work last night. Disgusting. The home/yard area was a total pig sty. Dogs kept in filty cages, water bowls mud and mold. Garbage everywhere.
You can make a secure PayPal donation at their Petfinder Web site at: www.humanedoverstewartcounty.petfinder.org. Just scroll down to the bottom of the home page and you'll see a donation button. And please, if you can foster any of these pets, please conteact the shelter! E-mail: Laurisa77@aol.com or contact:
Humane Society of Dover - Stewart County
c/o Laurisa Goss
3511 Highway 46
Indian Mound, TN 37079
Toll Free Phone: 866-251-4195
Lauris, president of the Humane Society in Dover says: "All donations will go directly to the Humane Society of Dover-Stewart County. Thank you all so much for your kind words and support. It means a lot to all of the volunteers out here and I will gladly pass it along. We are a bit overwhelmed with all of this going on! I will try to post updates on here as often as possible, but right now we are working overtime to care for these poor babies. I have given more flea baths today than I have in the past year! Thanks again!"
Reporter Jamie Dexter's story:
The Humane Society of Dover-Stewart County has filed charges against a Stewart County woman they say was housing 24 pets in substandard conditions.
"Basically, we acted (Wednesday) on a complaint from another resident here in Stewart County," said Laurisa Goss, president of the Humane Society. "We had two volunteers check it out, and the pets were living in substandard conditions."
Most of the pets, except for one dog and one cat, had been taken to the woman's daughter's home before they and a sheriff's deputy arrived to seize them. The remaining pets were seized from the daughter's home.
Goss said many of the pets were covered in feces and fleas, were cold, hungry and scared. "The dogs are just absolutely terrified. They are poorly socialized and terrified to death."
The Humane Society has filed charges for animal neglect and cruelty.
Most of the animals — including 18 dogs, three cats and two pot-bellied pigs — are being held at the Stewart County Animal Clinic.
"We're in the process of cleaning them up, defleaing them, giving them vaccinations, checking for heartworms and bathing them," said Dr. Rita Tinsley of the clinic. "It's been a long process that we've been going through all day (Thursday), and we're still not finished."
One dog at the daughter's home was dead when officials arrived, and a rabbit died after it was seized. The bodies of the two pets will be sent for an autopsy.
Goss said volunteers have been working with the animals since the seizure. "We have the best volunteers out here and everyone is just working together," she said.
However, Goss said, they are in desperate need of foster homes for the seized pets.
"We can't adopt the pets out at this time because they are evidence as part of the court case, but if someone agrees to foster the dog for us, they will be allowed to adopt them full-time once that can happen," Goss said.
Goss said they also need money, as it is "costing a fortune to vaccinate, test and feed" the pets.
posted by Sandy at 10/26/2007 11:56:00 AM