Volunteers Work With Dogs From Puppy Mill 4-02-2011 - WSMV News 4

Volunteers Work With Dogs From Puppy Mill 4-02-2011

Reported By Forrest Sanders
Animal rescue officials say more than 100 dogs taken from a Warren County home Tuesday are doing much better.

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"I've been holding several of them," said volunteer Marjorie Ray. "That's been my job today. I just came by to hold these little dogs."
Ray lost her poodle this year. She said that's the reason the story of these animals spoke to her heart.
"It was on TV one night recently," said Ray. "It got my attention really fast."
Ray watched as 120 dogs were removed from the Warren County home of Wilma Jones. Animal control officials reported cases of mange, ticks, anemia, and overgrown toe nails. They also said some dogs had hair matted to their cages.
Speaking from a shelter housing the dogs at the Nashville State Fairgrounds, Ray said the dogs are doing much better.
"They look really good," said Ray. "Some of them have been cleaned up."
"They have gone from dogs that are terrified, that didn't know what to do, to today, where we've seen tail wagging," said volunteer shelter manager Heather Davis. "Some are begging to come out, some are playing. They are just learning to be dogs for the very first time."
Ray is one of an outpouring of shelter volunteers. These aren't the only people helping out. Saturday at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center, the touring company of CATS held buckets to collect money to benefit the animal rescue group.
No matter whether it's through donations or just stopping to hold one of the dogs, Ray said she hopes others will help.
"I think anyone who comes out and helps with this project will be fulfilled," said Ray.
A custody hearing for the dogs will be held on Tuesday. From there, animal rescue officials say the dogs will go to area shelters.

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