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Hawkins County Humane Society helps rescue dozens of animals

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HAWKINS COUNTY, TN (WJHL) - The Hawkins County Humane Society and Hamblen County Humane society rescued several animals over the weekend from one home. The animals included cats, dogs, and chickens but there are still several animals at the home that need assistance.

The owner of the home told News Channel 11 that there are simply too many animals for him to take care of.

The owners started out with just a few cats and dogs. But within a year that number quickly multiplied.

"We got a call from the Hamblen County Animal Control and they said there was a property in Whitesburg. They had already taken 10 dogs and they took some hens and some roosters and some guineas. They said there was five more dogs left and they were wondering if we could come help them to get the dogs," said Hawkins County Humane Society Manager Vanessa Collins.

When the humane society arrived they were expecting to find just a few animals left. Instead they found more than 15 .

"When we arrived on scene we found 8 dogs. And we were there for probably 20 minutes and we gave them some food to try to get them to come to us and there was 3 or 4 more that came out from behind the trailer. There was 5 cats, one which was super emaciated, we were actually able to catch that cat and bring it back to the shelter with us," said Collins

A neighbor who lives right across the street said it all began when one of the owners got sick.

"I know that his mate, passed away on the 23rd I believe of January. And she was the care taker mostly of the dogs and made sure they were taken care of because he's really not able to," said neighbor Vada Talley.

She said since then, the man living in the home would like the animals removed.

But because of bad weather and the man's failing health, he was not home in order to sign paper work allowing the humane society to go in and get more of the animals. Collins said this is not a case of neglect because the owner is willing to give the animals to the county.

"This is definitely a situation where spay neuter would have helped," said Collins. But until the Humane Society can get the resources they need to round up and feed all the animals, all they can do is wait.

The Hawkins County Humane Society is asking for volunteers, help and donations to help the animals that are still at the property. If interested in helping call 423-272-6538 or click here for their Facebook page.

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