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Case ID: 19066
Classification: Hoarding
Animal: dog (pit-bull)
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Thursday, Dec 1, 2011

County: Henderson

Charges: Misdemeanor
Disposition: Alleged
Case Images: 3 files available

Alleged: Teresa Wilkerson

Case Updates: 1 update(s) available

A Henderson County woman is out on bond, after 15 animals were taken from her property, and authorities say one of them was dead.

Teresa Wilkerson, has been charged with 15 misdemeanor counts of second-degree animal cruelty, 12 counts of failure to vaccinate an animal for rabies, 12 counts of failure to license a dog with the county and one count of breeding without a license after 12 pit bull dogs were recovered from her home on Dec. 9. One additional dog had died shortly before Animal Control officers arrived.

The dogs were found both inside and outside of the house and were malnourished, the shelter manager said. Many of the crates had 2 inches of waste in them, and several of the dogs had sores and infections on their feet.

"There was only one option and that was to take them" out of the home, Cromer said. "If we had left them, there would have been more deceased animals, no doubt."

Once at the shelter, the dogs were cleaned up, fed and given fluids to help rehydrate them. "Most were underweight," he said.

Now the shelter that rescued the animals is asking for help.

Josh Cromer, Director of the Humane Society of Henderson County, says "We got 12 live dogs, we did find one deceased, and two other animals."

Many of those animals were sick and will probably need surgery. A surgery that Cromer says could cost about $700.

"We're having to provide daily medical care of all of them, we're still feeding, and obviously we're spending a lot of our saved money to care for these animals."

Now, he's hoping the community can help.

"What we need more than anything is of course, monetary donations, but volunteers to help us walk the rest of the population, help us feed, help us do laundry..."

With the fate of the animals is now in the hands of the courts, it's not clear how long the animals may need a temporary home.

Cromer is asking if you want to adopt or foster an animal, now is the time to do it.

For information on how to help the shelter, visit their Facebook page by clicking here.

Animal Control says the total is 42 counts of animal neglect and abuse, multiple counts for each animal. She's due in court on January 10th and plans to plead not guilty on all charges.

Case Updates

The Humane Society of Henderson County says you can now adopt the dogs it seized from a Spottsville property last month.

Teresa Wilkerson was arrested December ninth and charged with multiple counts of animal cruelty.

After a court appearance Tuesday, she officially signed over her pets to the shelter, and now, the dogs are up for adoption.

Josh Cromer with the Humane Society says he's seen a big difference in the dogs since last month.

"There's no longer ribs showing on any of them and the paws have since healed."

Stacey McCord-Crooks says it's the change from inside that she's noticed most in the animals. When the shelter got the animals, it was over-capacity and low on resources.

"When I found out that Josh and Jason were here and what they were doing, I wanted to start helping."

Now those dogs are up for adoption, and it need of loving families.

If you would like to adopt any of these dogs, click here.
Source: - Jan 18, 2012
Update posted on Jan 19, 2012 - 5:50PM 


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