The family members of the suspected Lincoln County animal hoarder comments finally
Last Friday, about 100 animals were rescued by animal rescuers and humane agents from the McCaylee Lane property in Frankewing, Tennessee.
These animals were discovered in a terrible condition living among dead animals, in their feces.
The rescued animals are sheep, dogs, goats, horses, mini horses, parrots, and turtles.
Laura Lifer, 60 was placed under arrest on 18 different counts of animal abuse. Lifer has once been arrested for animal abuse in Alabama. Lifer’s sister, Terry Davis had a conversation with Etan Fitzgerald, a reporter from WHNT who reported the story last week during the rescue operation.
Davis stated that the animals were her kids and family.
Davis intends to clear the air for those who thought of the visual proof of abuse that It was never Lifer’s intention to harm her animals and what began with a pure intention quickly became out of control.
Davis stated that Lifer paid to get those dogs taken care of but returned them outside because some individuals loved them, but she does not want to have additional puppies.
Family members continue to argue that Lifer spent time rehabilitating and fostering the care of disabled dogs.
Davis stated that she was aware of the previous criminal charges of animal hoarding against Lifer.
Davis continued that she had very little contact with Lifer in the past one and a half years. The last time they saw her on the property was about six months ago.
Several individuals were shocked by seeing the first report where kennels were stacked up with dogs.
Davis stated that she was saddened to see them in cages because they have never been in cages and it was obvious that it will be hard to find someone who will love them as Laura did.
Many of the older dogs were maintained by the family and it might be hard to get new shelter for them due to their disabilities or age. Davis indicated that the animals received the best care possible from her sister. Lifer’s family has argued that she was not running a puppy mill, but she was breeding a few numbers of dogs just to raise money to feed the animals.
Several neighbors informed WHNT that they tried giving Lifer some help but she refused violently. There is no official animal agency in Lincoln County that will enforce these animal laws. Rather, it is the office of the sheriff that usually become saddled where assistance from the volunteering-based community and Veterinarian office in the state, would be required.
Sheriff Murray Blackwelder stated that it would be an excellent development, to have those with expertise and skill in that field rather than depending on others to perform the task.
It is believed by the Office of the Sheriff to Lincoln County as well as the Lincoln County’s Humane Society that the intervention of the county is required for issues with animals through a specialized office or agency.
Although, over sixty dogs have been relocated to shelters available in Lincoln County, Nashville, and Giles County.
Redemption Road Rescues acquired the larger animals.
Lori Collins with Redemption Road, stated that it was an addiction that required a change and they have previously had several hoarding cases for many years that have gone beyond cross county lines.
Collins continued that additional time would be required for the animals they rescued before they can be adopted.
Lifer got arrested, but has been released on bond.
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