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Shelter Owner Charged With Animal Cruelty

Posted at 3:34 PM, Jul 19, 2016

The owner of a Nashville-area animal rescue has been charged with animal cruelty after police seized more than 40 dogs from the property.

Officials with Metro Nashville Police executed a warrant Tuesday morning at the Happy Endings Animal Rescue in Madison - described as a no-kill dog rescue.

Owner David Gosselin was arrested on charges of animal cruelty. 

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals rescued 41 dogs, including Chow, Pit Bull, Shepherd mixes and other medium to large breed dogs.

Officials said the dogs were living filthy conditions inside an overcrowded house and outdoor kennels. 

Some of them were suffering from medical issues and did not have access to food or water.

“What we found here is horrific,” said Kathryn Destreza, Investigations Director for the ASPCA Field Investigations and Response team.

Numerous public complaints had reportedly been made. The rescue has been operating for 19 years.