Humane Society of Dickson County, TN in need of donations

DICKSON COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) — The Humane Society of Dickson County is in dire need of donations as employees work to save an estimated 37 feral dogs.

Officials said a veteran was evicted from his home after he couldn’t afford the rent. The man moved abroad with his daughter, leaving behind several dozen dogs that he fed outside his home.

“You look at her and your heart breaks,” said Vivienne Akhdary, general manager of the Humane Society of Dickson County. “I don’t blame him for that because I don’t know the circumstances of when it started. My guess is that he was probably trying to feed them to help them, but he didn’t have the resources or ability to ask for help to get them under control and it’s been an ongoing problem for years. “

Many of the dogs were found to be suffering from a variety of medical conditions, including rashes and parasites. Humane Society staff estimate the average cost of treating each animal to be around $1,500.

As of Saturday night, seven dogs had been rescued. The Humane Society plans to bring in the rest over the next few days.

“We can’t leave them out there. You just can’t leave them to that but we need help, we desperately need help with carers, adopters, rescuers out there, we’re just really struggling,” Akhdary said.

The Humane Society of Dickson County is soliciting donations, volunteers, foster parents and help from any animal rescue organizations who can offer assistance at this time.

“They never had a fair chance to live the life they were meant to have. I’m sure we’ll have to euthanize some,” Akhdary said. “But most dogs are very resilient, and if you give them a little time and attention, they’ll learn to trust you and become your best friends.”

More information about helping can be found here.

Akhdary strongly encouraged pet owners to spay and neuter their animals to avoid similar situations in the future. Humane Society of Dickson County, TN in need of donations

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