In the pre-dawn hours of Friday, January 30th, members of the CHHS Animal Rescue Team will travel to Shelbyville, Tennessee to pick up 15 dogs from a horrific neglect case. The dogs CHHS will transport in its mobile rescue unit, the H.E.A.R.T. of North Carolina, are among 107 dogs seized from a Tennessee property where they had been kept chained from the age of 12 weeks old. In some cases it took rescuers 30 minutes just to remove collars that were deeply embedded into the dogs’ necks.

“This was a very sad case where over a hundred dogs suffered at the end of a chain their entire lives,” said Leighann Lassiter, Tennessee State Director for the Humane Society of the United States. “The lucky ones had a dilapidated, make-shift house but most had no protection at all. The dogs were living in a mixture of mud and feces, their paws were swollen from constantly standing in dirty water, and they were exhausted because they had no dry ground to lie down and sleep. One dog found an inch of a tire sticking out of the mud and tried to sleep standing up on the small piece of rubber in a heartbreaking attempt to keep dry. Another dog was found huddled on top of her dead and dying babies, trying desperately to keep them warm.”

“These dogs have no idea what it is like to be off the chain, receive nutritious meals and much-needed medical attention, and feel the loving touch of a human being who cares,” said David Stroud, Executive Director of the Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society.

“But starting tomorrow morning, their long, cruel nightmare will finally be over. Tomorrow morning we are bringing these brave survivors the promise of comfort and safety. We are bringing them hope, love, care and compassion. And we are bringing them home.”

“In the last four years there have been more than 1,600 dogs rescued from North Carolina puppy mills,” said Stroud. “Many of our neighboring states have assisted with the placement of these dogs and the Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society now has the opportunity to give back by helping one of our neighbors”.

The North Carolina State Director for the Humane Society of the United States echoed Stroud’s sentiments. “It is heartwarming to see these victims of animal cruelty getting a second chance at life,” said Kim Alboum. “We are grateful that our Emergency Placement Partners are working together over state lines to find loving homes for these dogs. The Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society team is incredibly special and these sweet dogs are in the best of hands”.

The rescued dogs brought back to the CHHS shelter will be immediately placed into foster homes for a few days of quiet and calm while they receive full medical examinations and any necessary veterinary care. They will be available for adoption within the next two to three weeks once they have been spayed and neutered. For more information on foster, adoption, or to make a donation to help with the medical expenses of the rescue dogs, please contact Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society at 828-743-5752, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit their website at



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