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Around 200 Animals rescued in cruelty case

UPDATE: Nearly 200 dogs and cats have been rescued in Bledsoe County by the Humane Society of the United States. Authorities were still on the scene Friday afternoon, August 16, working to complete the rescue efforts. 

Due to the large number of animals, they are being transported to multiple facilities, according to Sgt. George Hodge of the Bledsoe County Sheriff’s Department. Partners from across Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina, and Oklahoma assisted in the rescue of the animals. 

For more, see the August 22 issue of The Bledsonian-Banner.


PREVIOUS STORY: A Pikeville woman is charged with animal cruelty after authorities discovered over 200 animals at her Poplar Road property on Wheeler Mountain. 

Caroline Adkins, 57, is charged with cruelty of the animals, which totaled over 150 dogs and around 60 cats, according to Sgt. George Hodge. The animals were spread between a home and throughout the surrounding wooded area.

Authorities were at the property as of Thursday afternoon, August 15, waiting on the animals to be transported to safe locations by the Humane Society of The United States. 

For more, see the August 22 issue of The Bledsonian-Banner


  1. Janet on August 15, 2019 at 3:46 pm

    This evil woman better get some serious jail time and not just a slap on the wrist!

  2. Christy on August 15, 2019 at 5:06 pm

    Justice better be served in this case, our local government has the responsibility to step up.

  3. Jean on August 15, 2019 at 7:14 pm

    Was there any dachshunds.. like all black male neutered

    • Janet on August 17, 2019 at 6:10 am

      Jean, I did hear there was a Dachshund at this place. Let me see what I can find out about the color. Places to check are:
      In Chattanooga, McKamey Animal Services and the Humane Educational Society. In Lebanon, New Leash on Life. Tulsa Humane Society, Atlanta Humane Society. And one in NC. I will keep an eye out too as more photos surface. Theses were the rescues who removed the dogs.

      • caroline adkins on August 27, 2019 at 3:51 pm

        i don’t know way it’s any of your buss. you don’t anything about me

    • Jerry howell on August 21, 2019 at 5:52 pm

      Your only hearing half story the dog you see she just got it dumped on a back road she treating it had worms she never hurt a animal 2 neighbors that are jealous of this hard working lady she didn’t have your furbaby never did

      • Janet on September 3, 2019 at 2:32 pm

        Did you look at the pictures? Dogs stacked in cages deep in feces, green or black water. Let’s see documentation of rabies vaccines which is the law. What about heartworm prevention? That runs over $100 per dog per year. Did she really pay $15k per year for this? Plus the annual vet visit and HW test. Highly doubtful.

    • caroline adkins on August 27, 2019 at 3:48 pm

      the dachhunds i had i got in crossville from a pt he was fixed blk and tanand white

  4. Kaitlyn on August 16, 2019 at 12:35 pm

    Is there anyway I can take a few of these poor souls 🙁

  5. Sherry on August 17, 2019 at 1:52 pm

    Lock her up ! Tired of seeing all of these poor animals being exploited greed .

  6. Caroline Adkins on August 25, 2019 at 2:53 pm

    You don’t know the whole story I’ve saved alot dogs from being run over put to sleep when someone couldn’t afford to feed them and I could I doctor them wormed they came first !!! Even the sheriff was up here 6 yr ago and looked and said it was ok had same no.then please don’t believe the lies it’s a ele.year right.

  7. Caroline Adkinsi on August 27, 2019 at 12:58 pm

    I never hurt a animal been saving there lives for 25yrs the sheriff even sent 2 dogs up here he checked me out 6yrs ago said it was ok I ask for help was to busy it me and my husband one of my furbabys got loose and a neighbor hided from me cut hair and told
    abunch of lies i was tring help people out that that keep them if that’s a sin lied forgive me

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