Animal shelter overwhelmed after 22 neglected dogs rescued in Clarksville

By June 25, 2021 12:55 pm

CLARKSVILLE, TN (CLARKSVILLE NOW) – As a result of the animal neglect investigation involving the discovery of six dead dogs and the rescue of 22 others, the Montgomery County Animal Care and Control shelter is facing overcrowding.

Because of their involvement in the neglect case, the dogs must be held at MCACC until further notice.

In the meantime, most of the dogs that were already in the shelter need to be moved to another location as soon as possible, according to a news release from Michelle Newell, communications director for Montgomery County which oversees the shelter.

The goal is to see all the dogs go to a great home where they can bring joy to an individual or family, the news release said. The MCACC staff has also reached out to their rescue partners and other shelters, including Fort Campbell, seeking help but they are also all at capacity at this time.

Newly processed puppies in cages while staff cleans out pen area at MCACC (Courtesy Montgomery County Government).

“Temporary kennels have been set up in the hallway but this is not ideal for the animals or the staff in a building that is already beyond capacity. We need to find good homes for our adoptable dogs,” David Kaske, director of MCACC, said in a news release.

“If you have been seriously thinking about getting a dog, I ask that you please consider a shelter dog first. Shelter dogs have proved to be some of the best dogs you could ever have,” Kaske continued.

Jersey, an adoptable dog at MCACC (Courtesy Montgomery County Government).

For those interested in fostering, dogs over the age of four months will not be available for foster care unless they are spayed or neutered.

To see all the dogs and cats available for adoption, and to learn more about MCACC, visit their web page or call 931-648-5750. The hours of operation are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.