Grainger County Humane Society overwhelmed with feral dogs

Grainger County Humane Society overwhelmed with feral dogs

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I don't get off very often because it's hard to find someone responsible to come in and do this voluntarily on a regular basis," said Carolyn Seaman, foster coordinator for the Grainger County Humane Society. I don't get off very often because it's hard to find someone responsible to come in and do this voluntarily on a regular basis," said Carolyn Seaman, foster coordinator for the Grainger County Humane Society.
"We got a ton of feral females that we can't do anything with that keep having puppy after puppy after puppy," said  Grainger County Animal Control Officer Rocky Farr. "We got a ton of feral females that we can't do anything with that keep having puppy after puppy after puppy," said Grainger County Animal Control Officer Rocky Farr.

By JOSH AULT
6 News Reporter

BEAN STATION (WATE) - Grainger County Humane Society volunteers say they are overwhelmed with feral dogs.     

The county does not have an animal shelter so there is no place for the animals to go.

Humane society volunteers say it is a long process to get feral dogs ready for adoption, so many times they are forced to pass over these type of dogs for ones that are more adoptable.

Carolyn Seaman, the foster coordinator for the Grainger County Humane Society, is fostering more than 40 dogs at her home.

"I just plain get tired," said Seaman. "It's a 24/7 job. I don't get off very often because it's hard to find someone responsible to come in and do this voluntarily on a regular basis."

So far this year the humane society has rescued 274 stray and feral dogs.

6 News was made aware of the problem after a viewer reported being concerned about a feral dog at Veterans Overlook in Bean Station.     

The dog was not there Thursday, but there was evidence people had been feeding it recently.

"A lot of time what happens is people dump dogs in different locations, like at lakes. The overlook is a big tourist attraction up there, so they figure if they dump dogs there they'll get picked up and somebody will love them, and it doesn't work out that way," said Grainger County Animal Control Officer Rocky Farr.

Another popular place people dump dogs is at the county landfill on Rocky Flat Road. Several feral dogs live near the facility.

"We got a ton of feral females that we can't do anything with that keep having puppy after puppy after puppy," said Farr.

So far county leaders are not in favor of getting an animal shelter, so it is impossible for the humane society to handle this problem alone.     

Members are trying their best to help as many dogs as they can.

"Spay and neuter, spay and neuter," said Seaman.

The Grainger County Humane Society is always looking for volunteers.     

Right now, they only have four active foster homes.     

Monetary donations are always appreciated.     

You can contact the Grainger County Humane Society by calling (865) 567-0050.

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