Rescuers searching for more animals fostered by raided shelter

Rescuers searching for more animals fostered by raided animal shelter

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The animals were taken to a shelter in Lebanon, Tenn. The animals were taken to a shelter in Lebanon, Tenn.
Just to believe they would have animals in that situation, it breaks my heart," animal control officer Bobby Short said. Just to believe they would have animals in that situation, it breaks my heart," animal control officer Bobby Short said.

By SAMANTHA MANNING
6 News Reporter

WHITE PINE (WATE) - The Morristown Hamblen County Humane Society rescued 73 animals Saturday from Puppy Patch after they were found living in deplorable conditions, but rescuers believe there may still be more animals out there.

Melissa and Kimberly Turner were arrested in the investigation and charged with animal cruelty.

"Just to believe they would have animals in that situation, it breaks my heart," animal control officer Bobby Short said.

Short is one of the animal control officers who assisted in what is being called Operation Mending Hearts. Rescuers describe the conditions they found the animals in as being horrific.

"They were laying in urine and feces. The smell was not only inhumane for animals, but also for humans," Short said.

The animals were taken to a shelter in Lebanon, Tenn. Short says that's because the shelter in Morristown is already overcrowded.

Rescuers say some of the animals were in need of immediate medical attention.

"Some of them had possible diseases such as parvo, distemper, and that's also spreadable so at this time they're being evaluated," Short said.

Short said they are now searching for more animals from Puppy Patch that aren't yet in their custody.

"We still have fosters out in the community that have been housing these dogs temporarily."

Anyone fostering an animal from Puppy Patch or anyone with information on those fosters is asked to contact the Morristown Hamblen Humane Society so the animals can be evaluated and taken to a new shelter.

 

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