Sevier County Humane Society takes in 19 dogs after owner passes away


SEVIERVILLE (WATE) –  Nineteen dogs are now being cared for by the Sevier County Humane Society when they were found in a home after their owner died.

An elderly man passed away and neighbors who hadn’t seen him called for a welfare check. His body was found and so were all of his pets.

Shelter manager Michaela Schommer says they had an hour notice to get ready for 19 Jack Russell terriers.

“We picked them up and brought them back here to the shelter and they have since all been vaccinated, De-wormed, bathed and flea treated,” said Schommer.

Nine of the puppies are about 10 weeks old and the rest range from one to six years old.

“All of them were very friendly with us and sweet. A little timid and shy but they like people and they want to be petted,” said Schommer. “They’re not potty trained or leash trained, but in time they’re going to learn.”

Six of the terriers were taken Tuesday to the Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley in Knoxville to help with the high volume of animals coming in.

“We’re sort of a destination shelter. They call us up and if we have cage space we bring them into our facility and they stay with us until they get adopted,” said Lisa Price, operations manager.

A few of the older dogs will be available for adoption beginning Friday and the nine puppies will be looking for their forever home May 17.

Schommer says the owner wasn’t breeding the dogs to sell them. He initially had two to three dogs he never got spayed or neutered. If you are interested in adopting a dog you can contact the Sevier County Humane Society.

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