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Henry Co. Deputies: Abused Dogs Improving

By Heather Mathis
By hmathis@wbbjtv.com


HENRY COUNTY, Tenn. - The Henry County Sheriff's Department said the health of 34 dogs rescued from what they call a "puppy mill" has improved greatly.

Workers at the department's animal shelter said many of the dogs were suffering from malnourishment. "You could just see that they felt terrible. They were shaking all the time and didn't want to come to anybody. They fought over their food. It was just terrible," said caretaker Danny Webb, who has been working with the dogs since they were rescued.

When the dogs first arrived at the shelter, deputies were unsure if many would survive. While some of the dogs are being treated for eye infections, they said all of the dogs are expected to make a full recovery.

"We're just trying to stay with them, and be with them to show the dogs that people love them and care about them," said Webb.

In the week the puppies have been at the animal shelter, workers said they are starting to act like happy and healthy dogs again.

The Henry County Sheriff's Department said they have an 85-person waiting list of people wanting to adopt the dogs.

The woman accused of running the illegal puppy mill, Cheryl Kidd, is set to appear in court on January 29.

Deputies said the dogs cannot be adopted until a ruling is made in Kidd's case.