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Largest intake at East Ridge Animal Services after Superior Creek Lodge closes

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EAST RIDGE, TN (WRCB) -

It’s been less than a week since hundreds of men, women and children were told to pack up and ship out after code inspectors condemned all of the buildings at Superior Creek Lodge. 

The decision came unexpected leaving 300 families homeless as well as another population, their pets. 

“I hung up the phone and received another call from a lady that had four dogs and didn’t know what she was going to do with her dogs,” East Ridge Animal Services Supervisor Andrea Dillard said, “We went over and just offered to bring people’s animals here and help them until they got settled and situated in their new housing arrangements.” 

Dillard says the agency took in more than 50 dogs and cats doubling the existing population. 

“They’re in pop up kennels. We have volunteers coming multiple times a day to walk them but the pop up kennels are just not a good permanent or long term solution,” she said. 

While some have already stopped by to reclaim their pets, Dillard says the reality is not all of them will return to their owners, which is why she’s already working on a plan for forever homes. 

“We will make sure they are all spayed and neutered and we have some adoption events planned to lighten the load here and get these dogs and cats some great homes,” she said. 

Dillard says donations and volunteers have been a great help. 

If you’d like to help, call 423-664-0271. 

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