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More than 20 dogs rescued from animal neglect in Dekalb County arrive in Nashville

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Posted at 5:36 PM, Nov 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-15 18:36:09-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn (WTVF) — More than 20 dogs are now safe after they were rescued from an animal cruelty situation. Tonight the hounds are at the Nashville Humane Association after they were rescued from a home in Dekalb County.

The Smithville animal shelter said crews were called to a home where they found more than 50 dogs and they seized 31 dogs. Director Megan Moore said the dogs were tide to short chains, there was no food, no water and the dogs were severely underweight.

"In Dekalb County, I’ve been in the shelter since it opened in 2017 this is the first animal neglect case that we dealt with especially of this magnitude," said Moore.

Moore says the owner was just in over his head when it came to the animals care and surrendered the dogs over but the Smithville shelter can only house 20 dogs so Moore called the Nashville Humane Association for help.

"These animals were in horrible condition, they were emaciated. Essentially what happened a gentleman owned all these animals and was not taking proper care of them. So, this shelter reached out and said we need help," said Laura Chavarria, executive director of the Nashville Humane Association.

Chavarria said the dogs will be nursed back to health and then ready for homes. Anyone interested in fostering the dogs can reach out to the N-H-A.