Oklahoma rescue responds to Tennessee after more than 200 animals found in home; woman charged

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PIKEVILLE, Tenn. – A Tennessee woman who authorities say had more than 200 animals inside her home has been charged with animal cruelty.

News outlets report all animals had been taken away by Friday afternoon from the home of Caroline Adkins in Pikeville. More than 160 dogs and more than 40 cats were reportedly on the property.


Karen McMeekin of A Time 4 Paws Rescue in Crossville says she received an anonymous tip about the house Monday. Bledsoe County Sheriff’s Office Detective George Hodge says a veterinarian was called to the home and determined the animals needed to be removed.

According to WRCBtv, “animals were walking and being kept in up to six inches of their own feces, with cages on top of cages.”

The Humane Society of Tulsa responded to rescue some of the animals as well as other rescue groups in Tennessee, Georgia and North Carolina.


It’s unclear whether Adkins had an attorney who could comment on her behalf.

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