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Greene County animal shelter asking for help after man dies, leaving behind 60 dogs

GREENE COUNTY, TN (WJHL) - The Greenville-Greene County Humane Society is asking for the community's help.

Earlier this week, a man who owned nearly 60 dogs passed away and now the animal shelter, that is already full, is having to take those dogs in.

One by one, dogs of all sizes and breeds were loaded from a truck and assessed.

"We'll do a breed guess and a gender if any issues are with any of them. Maybe look at their temperament, that kind of thing," said Administrative Manager for the Humane Society, Janet Medcalf.

Then, the dogs were checked into animal control.

Mayor David Crum said the dogs were brought from a home in Greene County, after the man who owned them died.

"He had approximately 60 dogs on his property. So the family members were signing those over to our animal control," Crum said.

The no-kill shelter is already at full capacity and now, it's having to take in dozens of new dogs.

"There's a lot of dogs up here now, but 60 is going to be a whole lot. It's really going to put a burden on both facilities for a while," Crum said.

The shelter is asking for the community's help.

"Puppy food, dog food, we'll also need monetary donations to help cover the cost of their vetting," said Executive Director, Amy Bowman.

County Commissioner Robin Quillen operates the animal rescue 'Feral Friends'.

She usually takes in cats, but she is taking in the dogs that have puppies to help care for them until they are old enough to be adopted.

"The thoughts of all these dogs not having homes and possibly not being cared for it just makes me do it again," Quillen said.

Over the next few days, these dogs will be spayed, neutered, vaccinated and micro-chipped and soon up for adoption.

Janet Medcalf said the dogs that arrived on Tuesday were all "very adoptable".
She said they should be available as soon as Thursday.

The shelter will be posting pictures of the dogs on its Facebook page: Friends of Greeneville-Greene County TN Humane Society. You can find information about how to adopt the dogs and how to donate there. You can also call (423) - 639-4771 or check out the humane society's website at http://www.gchumanesociety.com. 


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