Buddy the Dog Found in Crate Stacked With Other Dogs
Updated: Monday, February 10 2014, 10:38 PM CST
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Buddy the Dog Found in Crate Stacked With Other Dogs At Animal Charity.
What makes this so unusual is its a pet charity accused of taking the Buddy the dog. Its owners say they simply called Humane Alliance of Rutherford County looking for a referral to someone who could help house train him. They say the charity director claimed she could and she came over and took the dog.
Tonight, we're seeing for the first time an animal control report that shows the charity's director, Pennie Jekot, misled the dog's owners from the beginning.
The report from PAWS in Murfreesboro shows Humane Alliance director Pennie Jekot is keeping 21 dogs stacked in dog carriers at her neighborhood home against city codes including the missing Chihuahua, Buddy
Kim Chambliss doesn't want Buddy to live this way and is part of a growing group of animal lovers trying to get Buddy back to his owners.
Freida Haddix, the dog's owner, says Jekot told her by phone, "In a real mean nasty voice, you're not getting Buddy back."
The Haddix's were too upset to do a follow up interview Monday, but are grateful for the Facebook campaign and people like Chambliss who are helping Bring Buddy Back Home.
PAWS wouldn't interview, but their report shows Jekot admitted she took Buddy temporarily to "house train" him, but, later decided the Haddix's were elderly and did not need the dog.
Again, we went by her animal charity in Murfreesboro. No answer. So, I called her. Jekot did not return my call.
Jekot has never agreed to meet with us and explain why she's keeping Buddy.
But previously, she did agree to talk with us by phone. Jekot had this to say about Buddy, "That's none of your business, woman!"
Murfreesboro Police say this is a civil matter, so Chambliss and others have started a legal fund on the Facebook page already raising $900 to give to the Haddix to fight for Buddy in court.
Chambliss explains, "We just want to raise money to help the Haddix family get Buddy back. I feel deep down that we will get Buddy back."
The Murfreesboro Codes Department has been out to Jekot's house since the city ordinance limits the number of pets to five per household. They're currently taking steps to rectify the issue.
It's not clear why Jekot is not housing the animals at her shelter, Humane Alliance.
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