The Humane Society of the United States is finalizing coordination with the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office to take control of the 112 dogs remaining of the 247 that were discovered at a McDonald residence Wednesday afternoon.
“We are all good with everything as far as getting the Humane Society’s involvement,” said Beth Foster, SPCA media coordinator.
Rebecca Van Meter was arrested and charged with one count of cruelty to animals. She was released on a $500 bond.
The dogs were discovered when BCSO was called to investigate a “verbal domestic” call at Van Meter’s residence, located at 1420 Candies Creek Road.
Officers then called representatives of the SPCA of Bradley County, who contractually operates the county animal shelter.
At the time, SPCA county animal shelter director Bobbi Anderson commented that “no individual shelter has the resources for this.”
Since the original reporting of the story, Foster said many individuals and rescue agencies have come forward and helped with the efforts to care for the animals.
She said as of Saturday the remaining dogs are still at the residence, but the Humane Society is in the final stages of plans to remove the dogs to a temporary shelter facility.
“They are still in the process of finalizing those plans,” Foster said Saturday morning adding the location of any potential temporary position had yet to be revealed to the SPCA by the Humane Society.
The Humane Society requires the completion of an “ emergency pre-deployment cooperative agreement” prior to proceeding with those plans.
That agreement allows the Humane Society to take responsibly for the dogs, provide assistance for any investigation and prosecution of any criminal case related to the operation, and accepts full responsibility for the housing, nutrition, transportation and veterinary treatment of the animals at no cost to the BCSO.
That document has been prepared and forwarded to the BCSO.
Foster could not confirm the BCSO has signed on as of Saturday morning, but added all of the involved agencies “are on the same page.”
According to the Humane Society web site, during a situation such as the one in Bradley County rescue work with the Humane Society’s Animal rescue Team.
“Animal rescue volunteers travel from all corners of the country to assist in the on-going care of dogs, cats and other animals who have been recused from harm,” the site says.
Volunteers who work with the Society’s rescue team are required to commit to one year of service, be 18 years of age, complete a criminal background check and complete certain emergency related courses.