Their loud personalities and wagging tails tell the tale of how far 14 dogs have come since they were rescued in November. McCracken County Humane Society Executive Director Terry Vannerson remembers their temperament.
"Some of them took a little while longer to get socialized, and we're really tickled we only have four left," Vannerson told Local 6.
That's four of the original 14. Vannerson said they all needed medical care, and many were severely underweight. Her staff and volunteers spent more than two months nursing them back to health. "If it's not safe, then they don't go out," she said.
The two people charged with their neglect still haven't been located. It's a frustrating reality for the animal control officer working their case. "I know that justice will be found, but it's slow in this process," said Animal Control Officer Chryss George.
Destiny Elder and Deantonio McGee were supposed to appear in court in late November. They never showed. Each faces 27 animal abuse charges. "Long four months, and I still, when I'm in the area that I know they used to frequent, I still keep my eyes peeled," George told Local 6.
Vannerson keeps her focus on the dogs she once thought she may lose. "We've done really well getting them adopted," she said.
The McCracken County Humane Society is also hiring part-time workers. Vannerson says applicants must pass a background check, have a valid driver's license and be willing to work weekends. If you would like to fill out an application, you can pick one up at the Humane Society on Coleman Road.