Over 40 dogs taken from animal rescue group in Madison; Owner charged
￼MADISON, Tenn. (WKRN) – More than 40 dogs were removed from an animal rescue group Tuesday and are now being taken to a temporary shelter where they will receive medical care.
The dogs were taken from Happy Endings Animal Rescue (HEAR), after police executed a warrant earlier in the day for the removal of the dogs.
According to a release from American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, the seizure is the result of “numerous public complaints about conditions at HEAR, which has been operating for 19 years.”
David Gosselin (Courtesy: Metro Nashville Police Department)
David Gosselin, the owner and operator of the rescue, is charged with misdemeanor animal cruelty.
According to a Metro affidavit, Gosselin has been subject to numerous contacts with Metro Animal Control based on complaints dating back to 2009. Some of the complaints allege he “routinely failed to provide basic shelter, food, water, and veterinary care to the dogs he keeps on his property.”
Gosselin has been cited for companion animal hoarding as recently as 2014 by Metro Animal Control.
On May 9, MACC officers were called to Gosselin’s property in response to accusations of a large number of dogs living in deplorable conditions.
When they arrived, officers found four dogs in the front yard that appeared underweight and with hair loss.
Officers also visited the property as recently as Sunday and on May 23 and June 24.
ASPCA and Metro Animal Care assisted in the removal of the dogs Tuesday.
The rescued dogs include Chow, pit bull, shepherd mixes and other medium to large breed canines.
“We are glad to have the expertise and experience that the ASPCA brings to this case,” said Rebecca Morris spokesperson for Metro Animal Care and Control. “We are pleased that the animals will be receiving the necessary medical care and attention they deserve.”
The dogs are being held at a temporary location where they will receive medical care.