In Lewisburg, TN this week, someone who was apparently breeding several types of small breed dogs surrendered all his animals to the county sheriff’s department. The local ABC affiliate describes it as follows:
The Humane Society of the United States assisted the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department in the rescue of the 97 dogs and one cat.
Of course HSUS words it a wee bit differently:
The Humane Society of the United States was called in by the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department to lead the rescue of 97 dogs and one cat from a Lewisburg, Tenn. property.
Not that size matters. In any case, the reasons for taking the pets from the owner, per HSUS, were:
The dogs were being housed in unsanitary conditions and lacked proper socialization and medical care.
No details on whether the cat was also lacking in socialization and vet care. In addition:
“Many of these dogs were so filthy and uncared for it was difficult for us to even tell what breed they were,” Leighann McCollum, Tennessee state director of The HSUS, said in a release Wednesday.
I’m not an expert, but the dogs in these photos look like Cavaliers to me. And cute ones. (Santa, if you are reading, yes – I do still want a Cavalier.)
A blog post from a group who worked with HSUS on this case has some more photos – including a Cavalier with one eye. (What is it with the one eyed pet thing? As far as I can tell, every one eyed pet in America has been photographed for use in fundraising ads by HSUS and ASPCA. Weird.)
The local NBC affiliate adds:
The Humane Society told Channel 4 News the owner will not face any criminal charges.
A bit of good news on the adoption front, from yet another local news station:
Many of you have called or emailed WHNT NEWS 19 to ask how you can adopt one of the animals rescued from a puppy mill earlier this week in Lewisburg, TN. The Humane Society has now released that information.
Readers who have been following the case of the Alabama 44 will recognize a couple of those names as rescues who took some of the AL dogs from HSUS. Interesting how HSUS refused to say at the time of the AL case, and refuses to say to this day, exactly where all of those dogs went. Yet this case is apparently different. For some reason. Maybe it’s that HSUS doesn’t anticipate any of these dogs being stuffed into the gas chamber, I don’t know.