Animal cruelty charged; arrest made

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

The Marshall County woman who surrendered nearly 100 dogs to the Humane Society last week was arrested Friday and charged with 12 counts of cruelty to animals.

Carol Cory Harris, 62, of 2819 Yell Road east of Cornersville, was released on $6,000 bond and is scheduled to appear before Marshall County General Sessions Court Judge Steve Bowden at 8:30 a.m. Feb. 15.

Harris' property was described by The Humane Society of the United States as a "puppy mill" where dogs are bred to be sold.

"This is the perfect example of the squalid conditions that dogs in puppy mills are forced to endure," HSUS state director Leighann McCollum said. The Marshall County Sheriff's Department reported, "Grown dogs were used for breeding... [and] kept in small pens... raised off the ground... Dog waste would fall through the wire..."

Dog paws had "problems because they were standing on wire," the department reported. "The animals were in need of a veterinary attention because of medical conditions caused by neglect and conditions of the pens."

HSUS accepted custody of the dogs and placed them in a temporary shelter in Marshall County until they could be moved to other facilities. That emergency shelter was closed last weekend since the dogs were transferred Saturday.

"All of the dogs have been transferred to area rescue groups to be made available for adoption," Jordan Crump, HSUS spokeswoman said from the society's headquarters in Washington, D.C. "They should be available for adoption in the next week or so.

"Every group has its own policies so people should contact the groups directly for specifics" Crump said. "We generally only hold the dogs long enough to do initial veterinary exams and vaccinations and then place them with rescue groups where they can be adopted."

The groups that have the dogs are Nashville Humane Association, Lucky Star Cavalier Rescue, Humane Educational Society in Chattanooga, New Leash on Life, PAWS Atlanta, and Bowling Green-Warren County Humane Society.