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McMinn Co. woman defends accusations of "puppy hoarding" after rescue

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A McMinn County woman says she has been unfairly accused of hoarding puppies, after she rescued them from a nearby home. We first brought you the story on Wednesday. Teresa Evans rescued more than a dozen puppies and is trying to find a good home for them. After our story aired, Channel 3 received calls saying she was reluctant to give them away.

One woman tells Channel 3 she drove two hours to meet Teresa to pick up one of the puppies, but Teresa changed her mind. Teresa says she just wants to make sure each puppy is placed in the right kind of home.

"I've had people that have called that maybe had already had three or four dogs, large dogs in the home, that I didn't think it was a good idea to take a six-week-old puppy into," says Teresa Evans.

Teresa Evans will be the first to admit she has an undying love for helping animals. Channel 3 was there as she gave away one of the puppies she rescued from a trailer on County Road 561, where she said around 30 dogs were roaming free, after the man renting the home left them to fend for themselves. So far, nine of the dogs have found good homes.

Evans says her passion may be misunderstood. She says she does not want to give the dogs away to just anybody.

"Everybody that has adopted, I've got their name, phone number, their address. I've got everything but their social security number."

And she plans to do follow up to check on the dogs. She admits, she is attached to the dogs.

"Yes, I cry every time I give one away. Because I'm sitting here thinking, 'Okay, maybe I should have kept this one or that one.'"

But Evans wants to be clear about one thing: she says she is not in it for the money. She says the only thing she requires of the adoptive parents is to spay or neuter the dogs, and make sure they get vaccinated.

"I'm not asking nothing of anybody that they county pounds do not ask of somebody, expect I'm not charging them the $70 re-home fee," says Evans.

We do want to clarify what was reported previously. It was the renter of the trailer, not the owner of the property that abandoned the dogs. If you'd like more info on the puppies, you can call Teresa at 423-453-7341.

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