First, let me thank ALL of you for coming together, networking and working towards finding these missing dogs, I am very proud to be a part of the rescue community.
The fact remains that 13 dogs are still missing. Unfortunately, the niece lied about "how" they disappeared. The media's language disregards that fact, saying the story was "made up". Yes, the way they disappeared was made up but the fact that they disappeared is still a fact! Many believe that the niece knows what happened to the dogs. Hopefully, she will come forward with the remainder of the truth if she does know.
Regarding the animal abuse charges. The truth will come out in time.
I have been in contact with the TN state representative of the HSUS. She called me yesterday, offering assistance. She knows about these charges and her focus remains on finding the missing dogs. As has been stated here, other dogs have in fact been stolen from shelters not that far away. I was told by the state rep that animal theft has been rampant in TN. So, where are the missing dogs? And who will take the dogs that were confiscated today and sent back to the shelter, many who have been there before?
Just devastating on so many levels. Please continue to focus on finding these animals and if anyone has room to take in the animals who were confiscated today, please get in touch with the Johnson City Shelter. Hannah is the rescue representative there.
Thank you all again for working so hard to locate these dogs.