Dozens of animals seized from Mayfield home
MAYFIELD – Dozens of animals have been seized from a home on Highway 349 in the town of Mayfield.
The Sheriff tells NewsChannel 13, Monday they got a call about a loose dog on the property.
It turns out that property was the rescue organization, Kelly’s Haven, owned and operated by Susan Kelly. A name very familiar to locals like Amber Whitney. “I actually was just finishing college, Whitney said. I remember it was the talk of the town.”
In 2011, authorities seized hundreds of animals from that exact location for similar reasons.
Late Tuesday afternoon, investigators were still on the scene removing animals. The sheriff’s office say there were rabbits, goats, a horse and dozen other farm animals including 50 living dogs and 2 dead dogs on the property. Local, Kalee Bordwell was horrified. “I think it’s disgusting. I think it’s happening way too much and there’s a lot of places that we don’t even know about still,” Bordwell said.
Deputies describe the living conditions on the property as filthy and say clean water was scarce. They tell us Kelly’s Haven has a history of animal hoarding and cruelty complaints.
The James A. Brennan Memorial Humane Society and Fulton County Regional SPCA with sheltering assistance from Ayres Memorial Shelter are taking the lead on the removal of the animals.
At this time the animals are being evaluated and treated.
The cost to care for the animals, including veterinary care, and legal fees for the rescue agencies will be significant. Those interested in helping can send monetary donations to the rescue(s) of their choice.
The investigation is ongoing.