Woman charged with animal cruelty after 40 dogs found in home; MAS in desperate need of help

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – A Mid-South woman is charged with aggravated animal cruelty after 40 dogs were found at her home last night in the Berclair area. Memphis Animal Services rescued the dogs, but the shelter is full. Now they need help to keep from euthanizing dogs.

Bonnie Maher-Hazel is out of jail but faces felony charges of aggravated animal cruelty.

“This is the worst I’ve ever seen,” says Alexis Pugh, the director of Memphis Animal Services.

40 German Shepherd dogs were found at a home in Berclair. The dogs were in kennels in the house and garage, with no air conditioning or ventilation. We are told Bonnie Maher-Hazel owns the home but doesn’t live there. MAS says she told them she got in over her head with keeping all those dogs.

Pugh says the conditions were atrocious.

“They we’re sitting in feces six inches deep, covering their entire wire crate,” she says. “Even though I didn’t have a kennel to spare in this building, those 40 dogs were coming with us.”

Now MAS is in a mess. They need help. They need people to adopt or foster a dog that’s currently at the shelter to make room for the rescues. It costs $19 to adopt.

Memphis Animal Service’s needs you to adopt or foster an adult dog that’s already here. They’re always full. The dogs that were rescued will be available to adopt once they’re cleared by a vet.

“It’s a terrible situation and there asking us for help,” says Stephanie Dunagan with Imminent Danger Rescue Group.

Rescue groups like Imminent Danger are stepping up too.

“It takes a village, and everybody can be a part of that village,” says Dunagan.

“Even two days. Even one night brings to help us,” says Pugh.

For more on Memphis Animal Services, including animals available for adoption, CLICK HERE.

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