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Monroe County Animal Neglect Case

Monroe County Animal Shelter (MCAS) had 100 new additions above their normal intake in January 2008! They were surrendered by a Monroe County couple who just could not care for the amount of animals they had on their property. MCAS and the Monroe County Friends of Animals (MCFA) will be working with the family to care for the dogs and cats that will remain in the home. SBRET has taken 4 of these dogs and encourages you to do what you can to help MCAS. If you can't foster or adopt one of these dogs, please consider providing any of the following much needed supplies to MCAS: monetary donations, crates, leashes and collars, food, old blankets, treats, cleaning supplies, and toys. Visit the MCFA website ( for more information.

2/13/08 update:  Almost all the dogs have been placed with rescues or are in foster homes or permanent homes. SBRET took 4 of these dogs: Sulley, Hokie, Lucy and Piper. Sulley and Hokie have found their forever homes, and Lucy and Piper are still recovering from medical issues before being available for adoption. We want to thank our volunteers for gathering LOTS of supplies from individuals and local businesses (Oak Ridge Feed and Food City) to donate to Monroe County Animal Shelter. Items donated include several hundred pounds of dog food, blankets, cleaning supplies, collars, leashes, and treats. If you would like to help Monroe County Animal Shelter, please donate airline crates and xpens, as these are the most urgently needed items at this time.

3/14/08 update:  Since all the dogs have been placed in rescue or adopted, this plea for help was removed from our home page and a mention added to the activities page. Many of the dogs (including Piper and Lucy) that were placed with rescue groups are still undergoing medical treatment to recvoer from the neglect they suffered in a home with too many pets for anybody to possibly care for adequately. If you know of any cases of people with so many dogs that you doubt the dogs can be provided for OR if you observe dogs suffering from neglect, PLEASE contact the proper Animal Control authorities. The dogs will thank you! The longer dogs remain in these deplorable conditions the more their physical and mental health is affected. Although dog hoarders may start out with the best of intentions (to help a few homeless pets), there is a limit to how many dogs a person can properly care for.