Author: Emily Robertson
Hawkins County Humane Society (HCHS) seized 24 dogs and 175 chickens from property in Mooresburg on Thursday after the owner of the animals failed to adequately care for them. HCHS was first notified of a possible animal neglect situation in November of 2010.
"I received an E-mail in November from a neighbor and then received a phone call from another neighbor in February," Jessica Kleis, Manager of HCHS, said. "They called wondering if there was anything we could do as far as the law goes because there was definitely a problem in the area with howling, barking and smell."
From the reports, Kleis had estimates of as many as 70 dogs on one acre of land tied up or running loose in the area.
Kleis presented the information to the HCHS Board, who had representatives go to the land to survey the situation.
"No food or water was found on the premise and the Sheriff's Department notified the owner of the complaint," according to a press release from the HCSO board. "The HCHS was called again and was informed that the owner had not been to the property for three to four days. At that point, the HCHS started to provide water and food for the animals.".." More