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Volunteers Help Abused Dogs

By: Denny Trease
By: Denny Trease

Overwhelmed; that's the word workers at a Jackson County Animal Clinic have been using since receiving dozens of dogs found in filthy conditions at a nearby farm.

Everyone at Gray Hawk Veterinary Services has been working almost around the clock since most of the abused dogs were taken there.

Imandra Johnson, one of only three full-time employees at the clinic, says, "We have been totally swamped for the last 48 hours. I mean it's just been like a war zone."

On any given day, there would normally be 8 to 10 dogs at the clinic for surgery, but more than 10 times that many were taken there following the abuse. Imagine all those dogs, and just one determined vet.

Dr. Amanda Griffin has been doing heart worm checks on every animal, checking for parasites, doing spays and neuters, and giving every dog a thorough check-up. But the good doctor has had plenty of volunteer help including some from Fayette County, which includes a student at Lexington Catholic High School who wants to be a vet some day.

Breanna Uebelhor says, "My mom called my principal last night to ask if it was ok for me to come down here with her because I want to be a vet and it will be good experience for me. Since I got here, we've been cleaning out cages, refilling food and water dishes, washing them and walking them."

The parking lot at the clinic was overflowing all day as people brought in needed supplies like blankets, bleach by the gallon, dog food, and medical supplies.

When the dogs are in good enough shape again, they'll be adopted out, and it doesn't look like there'll be a shortage of people who want them.

Imandra Johnson tells 27 Newsfirst, "We have had several that said, 'I want the Husky or I want the St. Bernard', but it's gonna’ have to be first come first serve."


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