Nashville Humane brings in 51 dogs from Dekalb Co. animal cruelty case

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The Nashville Humane Association says they are assisting the Dekalb County Animal Shelter by bringing in dogs from an animal cruelty case.

Over the weekend, 51 dogs were found outside in Dekalb Co on short chains, abandon and malnourished. Friday morning 10 of those hounds were dropped off at the Nashville Humane Association to receive medical care and temporary homes. 

Megan Moore, Director, of Dekalb Co animal shelter said the dogs were not provided enough food or water, but the dog owner is cooperating with investigators. 

“Apparently a gentleman was getting older, wasn’t taking care of them it was a sad unfortunate series of events​,” Laura Chavarria Executive Director, Nashville humane association​ said. ​

“I honestly think he didn’t realize how many he had he couldn’t tell us a number or anything like that he’s elderly he’s been very cooperative throughout the process,” Megan Moore, Director, Dekalb Co Animal Shelter Smithville ​said.

“We have a whole adoption floor filled with dogs that need homes, they’re not the dogs from the case but the ones that need to be adopted so we can have that kennel for that upcoming hound,”  Laura Chavarria  Executive Director, Nashville humane association​ said. ​

Of the 51, 19 will go to Nashville humane association, some were re-homed and 10 others went to a rescue in Brentwood.

According to a Facebook post by the humane association, they traveled to Smithville to help with a hound cruelty case and are bringing back 19 dogs that were surrendered into their care.

The post says the dogs are in various stages of neglect and need intensive medical care. Many will need foster homes where they can learn life off of a chain.

If you are interested in fostering any of the dogs, email

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