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Dogs Rescued in Hardin County

By Emily Cassulo
By ecassulo@wbbjtv.com

HARDIN COUNTY, Tenn. - More than a dozen dogs have been rescued in Hardin County, after residents said most of them are malnourished.

Residents living on Lonesome Pine Road where the dogs were rescued told 7 Eyewitness News they are glad something is finally being done about the animals. They said they do not deserve to be treated so badly.

"They're so poor, that you can see their ribs and they're just like stair steps, and there needs to be something done because you can't keep on like this," resident Mary Guyton said.

So K-9 Sanctuary came to the rescue, after another concerned neighbor, who did not want to talk on camera, told 7 Eyewitness News she brought 10 very malnourished dogs to the non-profit.

She said she even found one puppy dead on a couch outside a house nearby.

On Wednesday night, rescue workers saved five more dogs, saying they are in the worst condition they have seen in years.

"This is one of the puppies, only one of the puppies that survived the litter, and he's extremely small for even a Boston Terrier," said K-9 Sanctuary President Sally Burnham.

According to Burnham, a majority of the dogs are emaciated, some even injured from fighting.

She said it is because there is no animal control in Hardin County.

"Which means people are calling me to resolve a lot of their animal issues, and I am full," Burnham said.

Residents said this problem is frustrating.

"I think the one that owns them should take responsibility and take care of them, and if they can't take care of them, do something else besides letting them just roam around and have more puppies," Guyton said.

Burnham said they will eventually spay and neuter the puppies, after giving them much needed food, water and medication.

She also told 7 Eyewitness News six more dogs are on the property where they rescued the others, and they plan to pick up those, Thursday.

Deputies said they do not know yet if the owners will face charges.