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Donations requested to help dogs

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By Amber Coulter

Anyone who wishes to help the 103 dogs recovered Wednesday from a Vine Grove mobile home is encouraged to do so through donations.

The dogs are not available for adoption because they are being held as evidence.

The dogs were taken to the Hardin County Animal Control shelter on Nicholas Street and Pet Protection Inc. on West Dixie Avenue, both in Elizabethtown, after owners Brian McCarthy, 48, and his wife, Joyce McCarthy, 47, were arrested and charged with 103 counts of second-degree cruelty to animals.

Animal Control Supervisor Jerry Foley said his organization plans to post a list of items that would be useful for the shelter at www.hcky.org.

Residents also can help by donating money at the PAWS Inc. website, www.pawsdonations.org, he said.

Pet Protection President Gayle Johnson said her organization also can benefit from monetary donations.

Her organization houses nursing mothers and puppies, and puppies too young for the shelter population at Animal Control.

Johnson said there is no need for items at this time and animal control is providing needed dog food.

Money serves best because the organization might be in charge of vaccinations and spaying or neutering for many of the dogs if the McCarthys don’t get them back. Pet Protection must pay for veterinary services, she said.

Money can be donated at Buried Treasure next door to Pet Protection at 326 W. Dixie Ave.

Neither organization has expressed a need for volunteers at this time.

For more information, call Animal Control at 769-3428.

Amber Coulter can be reached at (270) 505-1746 or acoulter@thenewsenterprise.com.