Shelter Seeks Info on Starving Dogs

I found this photo in the Citizen Tribune and it nearly made me sick.

The dog in the photo at the right is now named  “Heavenly.”

According to Rocky Farr of the Grainger County Humane Society, she weighed a mere 27 pounds when she walked up on a local woman’s Avondale Hollow property last Thursday.

The following day, Farr says the shelter picked up another female pit on Cherry Street, weighing 22 pounds.

Farr, who is now nursing both dogs back to health, and other volunteers at the GCHS have begun canvassing the neighborhoods where the dogs were abandoned. Farr plans to ask the American National Humane Society to put up a reward for information leading to the arrest of the person involved.

“We hope someone will come forward with some information,” she said. “This was the worst case of animal starvation I have ever seen where the dog survived. If they had been left out there two more days they would have died. If anyone will call us and give us some information we will keep the identity of the caller confidential. We plan to prosecute whoever was responsible to the fullest extent of the law.”

Anyone with information about these two dogs can call the Grainger County Sheriff’s Department or the Grainger County Humane Society at 865-567-0050.


One thought on “Shelter Seeks Info on Starving Dogs

  1. It’s too bad we don’t have a functional Humane society in this county. There’s dozens of situations I’ve seen just like that here in Hawkins and it’s only the tip of the iceberg. Local authorities don’t have any interest in calls about animals abused and running wild, they just consider them to be nuisance calls. “You can come in and file a complaint if you want.”

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