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.

  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 .

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