NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — A 79-year-old dog breeder was cited after she was found living in poor conditions with 23 Chihuahuas in a small east Nashville home.
Metro Animal Care and Control officers told News 2 the homeowner, Judy Dowdy, voluntarily surrendered 18 of the dogs to them.
When asked if she had too many animals, she said, “I didn’t know that I did.”
According to animal control officials, the dogs and puppies were found living in dirty conditions and cramped cages in her home.
“I had baby puppies for sale, advertised, that is how I lived,” Dowdy said.
She told News 2 she is in poor health and that selling dogs is how she’s made her living for the past 40 years.
When asked if it was overwhelming she said, “It did not get overwhelming. This is my family. I had one son and I sent him to college on dog money, the money I made selling dogs.”
She said her son died shortly after college, drowning in Panama City, Florida.
Metro Animal Control officers cited Dowdy with misdemeanor companion animal hording and seized 18 of the 23 dogs living with her. She was allowed to keep five dogs.
“We had mother dogs and puppies, taken from a person who had a slight hording situation, done yesterday, it was not optimal for the puppies or the person there, but the person there is very cooperative and recognized the situation was out of hand there were 23 dogs, and that is a lot to take care of, so she recognized that, and best to surrender at least 18 to us,” said Lauren Bluestone, Director of Metro Animal Care and Control.
Animal control officials brought the dogs and puppies back to the shelter and assessed their condition.
Except for some parasite problems, the confiscated animals are in relatively good health.
Many of the dogs are now available for adoption. If you are interested, contact Metro Animal Care and Control.