Claiborne County Animal Shelter works to give abused animals new

Claiborne County Animal Shelter works to give abused animals new home

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The puppies were 25 percent underweight according to a vet at the shelter. The puppies were 25 percent underweight according to a vet at the shelter.
The animals are being rehabilitated at the Claiborne County Animal Shelter. The animals are being rehabilitated at the Claiborne County Animal Shelter.
Charlie Gregory (Source: Claiborne County Jail) Charlie Gregory (Source: Claiborne County Jail)
Taniciah Little (Source: Claiborne County Jail) Taniciah Little (Source: Claiborne County Jail)

By MIKE KRAFCIK
6 News Reporter

TAZEWELL (WATE) - The Claiborne County Animal Shelter is working to rehabilitate 134 animals that were the subject of an animal cruelty investigation.

Charlie Gregory, 58, of Pineville, Ky. and Taniciah Little, 54, of Andersonville, face 134 charges of animal cruelty.

The pair was pulled over by police early Saturday morning. Both suspects are being held in the Claiborne County Jail on a $50,000 bond.   They are due back in court on Tuesday.

That's when officers discovered 100 chickens, nine peacocks, 18 rabbits and seven dogs, including six puppies and one beagle, crammed into a single horse trailer without food or water.

All of the animals were taken to the Claiborne County Animal Shelter where workers are nursing them back to health. The puppies will eventually be adopted out.

On Monday, the shelter director Lisa Martz said they had built one pen outdoors and were in the process of building a second to house the chickens.

Monday afternoon, volunteers were assembling temporary homes for the 100 chickens and roosters the shelter has taken in.  

"We've been putting up chicken pens and rooster places, and bunny rabbit rooms and hutches and things to accommodate our guests," said Liza Martz, Claiborne County Shelter's executive director.

Martz has seen an outpouring of support since the animals were confiscated Saturday morning.

On Monday, volunteers helped to prepare corn for the roosters. Since the animals were confiscated, the shelter has received $2,000 in donations.  

"I became upset and how wondered Claiborne County will afford what need to have for these animals immediately, because it was an emergency, rescue situation," said Melissa McCoy, a member of the Southeast House Rabbit Society.  

McCoy gave $500 to the animal shelter to help the animals and to also provide bedding for the 18 rabbits. McCoy also volunteered to be a foster parent for them.

"I will do what I can to help the rabbits. It'd be my home, someone else's home, or help someone see if that would be a good pet, a good fit for them to have in their home," McCoy said.  

Tazewell Police say the couple was transporting the animals from the Andersonville area to R.O. Giles Flea market in Claiborne County. 

Shelter officials believe some of the roosters confiscated were prepared to be sold for cock fighting.

"It's a mindset; they don't view animals as living creatures necessarily. They look upon them like a wheelbarrow or a lawnmower. They do what they want with them," said Martz.  

This isn't the first time the suspects have been in trouble. Charlie Gregory was also cited in Claiborne County General Sessions court for animal cruelty in July 2011.

Martz said nobody has adopted the dogs yet. She said they are still malnourished and need to be brought back to a healthy weight. However, she said the puppies' health continues to improve.

A veterinarian told 6 News Saturday the puppies were at least 25 percent underweight.

To donate to the Claiborne County Animal Shelter, contact them at (423) 626-2686.

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