Dogs Rescued From Rhea County Puppy Mill Ready For Adoption

Friday, November 9, 2018

Beginning today, the Humane Educational Society will open up a five-day application window for those interested in adopting the dogs that were seized from the recent Rhea County puppy mill situation. Applications can be downloaded from on HES’s website at heschatt.org/puppymillrescue or can be submitted in person at 212 N. Highland Park Ave. in Chattanooga.

All applications will be collected during regular business hours from Friday through next Wednesday.

HES’s adoption counselors will review the applications on Thursday and selected applicants will be contacted by the end of that day if their application has been chosen. These dogs will not be adopted on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Chosen applicants will be selected by invitation to attend a private adoption event on Saturday, Nov. 17 from 9-11 a.m at HES before opening. The dogs will be placed in a foster program with their chosen applicants until it is determined the dogs can be released as adopted. During the fostering portion of this process, HES staff will check in regularly to monitor the dogs’ health in their temporary homes to decide whether it will be a successful, permanent fit.

On Tuesday of this week, Rhea County Animal Control Officers removed more than 100 Yorkies, Chihuahuas and other small breed dogs from a puppy mill. The animals had been living in their own filth and were all in need of medical attention. The Humane Society of the United States reached out to the Humane Educational Society on behalf of Rhea County Animal Shelter to request assistance. As a HSUS emergency placement partner, the Humane Educational Society stepped in to take 28 of the animals surrendered to the Rhea County Animal Shelter in this situation. 

Upon arrival at the Humane Educational Society, all the animals required grooming to remove matted and urine soaked fur. Many of the animals needed surgery to remove tumors, rotten teeth and more. All the animals have been spayed or neutered and received the appropriate vaccines. Some of the animals have severe cataracts or are blind and others have medical conditions that they will live with for the rest of their lives.  

Most of the dogs seized from this puppy mill have special medical needs and significant behavioral challenges due to the conditions they have been subjected to for their entire lives. HES volunteers and staff have been working to rehabilitate these animals. Many are still very timid and frightened, often doing their best to shy away from human interaction. Due to the special needs of these animals, the Humane Educational Society will be asking applicants to go through this unique, foster-to-adopt process.


Upcoming Street Closings Announced

Miller Park Farmers Market Starts Thursday

Thanksgiving Garbage And Recycle Collection And Site Schedule


E 7th Street E 7th Street will be closed between Walnut Street and Cherry Street from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. for the Hamilton County office move. Detours will be posted. Market ... (click for more)

Beginning Thursday, Nov. 15, Miller Park will host a weekly urban Farmers Market and Marketplace. The new market will serve as downtown’s gathering place for community, farmers, artists, ... (click for more)

Garbage and Recycle collection scheduled for Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 22 will be collected on Saturday, Nov. 24. Garbage and Recycle scheduled for collection Friday, Nov. 23 will run ... (click for more)


Happenings

Upcoming Street Closings Announced

E 7th Street E 7th Street will be closed between Walnut Street and Cherry Street from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. for the Hamilton County office move. Detours will be posted. Market Street Beginning on Thursday, southbound traffic on Market Street at King Street will be narrowed down to one lane and sent over to a northbound lane, while northbound traffic will ... (click for more)

Miller Park Farmers Market Starts Thursday

Beginning Thursday, Nov. 15, Miller Park will host a weekly urban Farmers Market and Marketplace. The new market will serve as downtown’s gathering place for community, farmers, artists, local makers and food artisans. All markets take place on Thursdays from 3-6 p.m. at Miller Park. The Farmers Market will favor local and regional sustainable farmers, local food entrepreneurs ... (click for more)

Breaking News

County Putting $10 Million Toward New Shelter For Humane Education Society

County officials are committing $10 million toward a new shelter for the Humane Education Society (HES). Only Commissioner Tim Boyd spoke against the allocation at a commission meeting on Wednesday. He said a more urgent need was a $5 million training center for police, fire and emergency workers. County Finance Director Albert Kiser said the county came up with a total $14 ... (click for more)

Several Large Trucks Get Stuck On Lookout; 1 Demolishes Wall On Ochs Highway

Lookout Mountain, Tn., Commissioner Jim Bentley said there has been a lot of concern with large trucks on Ochs Highway. In the past month five different trucks have been stuck at the top of the road. Additionally, a large truck hit and demolished the rock wall at the top curve of Ochs Highway. The destroyed walls were near the intersection of Fleetwood Drive and Forest Avenue. It ... (click for more)

Opinion

Thanks To First Volunteer Bank

Thank you to the Highway 58 branch of First Volunteer Bank. On behalf of the Ernie Pyle Chapter of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, I would like to express our appreciation to the manager and staff of the HIghway 58 Branch of First Volunteer Bank for putting on a Veterans Day lunch in the lobby of your bank on Friday, Nov. 9. It was a cold and rainy day and Army, Marines ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Lamar Rants

Being a child of the South, I’ve marveled at our funny sayings for all of my life. I’ve been at a football game and heard a disgruntled fan in the stands say of his team’s quarterback, “That boy couldn’t play dead in a cowboy movie.” I’ve been at the Sunday supper table and heard, “I’m of a mind each one of his sermons is better than the next.” And I’ve sat in a Saturday morning ... (click for more)