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Over 40 animals removed from Macon County home; several dead

More than 30 animals were removed from a Macon County home on May 10 following an investigation into an animal cruelty complaint. A press release from the Macon County Health Department said 17 dogs, 17 chickens and seven dead animals were removed from the property after the owner relinquished the animals to animal services. (Photo credit: WLOS Staff)

More than 30 animals were removed from a Macon County home on May 10 following an investigation into an animal cruelty complaint.

A press release from the Macon County Health Department said 17 dogs, 17 chickens and seven dead animals were removed from the property after the owner relinquished the animals to animal services.

Lisa Bates is the assistant manager at Appalachian Animal Rescue Center and helped to remove animals from the property. "When we rescued them they were in their own feces," Bates said. "It looked like an old chicken coop."

Bates also told News 13 this isn't the first time she has removed animals from the property. "In the past, we have taken 10 or 15 dogs from there. They were in horrible conditions," she said.

The Macon County Sheriff's Office could not respond to News 13's request for information about the case on Thursday.

Cathy McGaha from the Macon County Health Department did say the investigation is ongoing and charges have not been filed at this point.

All 17 chickens have been adopted into private homes. Six chihuahua mixes are being held at the Appalachian Animal Rescue Center. The other dogs have been distributed among several animal shelters in the area.

Lisa Bates told News 13 the dogs would be ready for adoption in a few weeks.

For more information about the dogs and adoption, visit the rescue center's website or their Facebook page.

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