May 22, 2010 10:17 PM by Matt Stafford

Local group rescues dogs from Tennessee flooding

Morning glory is smiling now, but she's had a long week. to top it off, she should be dead. She's a Nashville pup that's been down long road.

Flooding has devastated a lot of Tennessee.

"The shelters in and around Nashville, and actually about 30 counties in Central Tennessee really became extremely overwhelmed, virtually overnight," says Theresa Strader, director of the National Mill Dog Rescue, located in Peyton.

People displaced from home were taking their animals to already crowded shelters.

"Unfortunately for the strays that were in there, they were just having to put them down left and right," Strader explains.

National Mill Dog Rescue volunteers were near by and getting emails about the problems. Fortunately for some of the dogs, they were able to help.

"It was only an hour away from where we were going to be going in Tennessee," Helen Freeman, a volunteer for N.M.D.R.

So, they made the trip and that's where Freeman first met Morning Glory and other strays they were able to take off the hands of the over burdened shelters. That makes for a quick change of events for these dogs.

"They would had to have put her down, make room for all of the other dogs," Freeman says as she pets Morning Glory.

"We were only able to get six, but for those six, life is changing by the minute here," Strader points out.

The dogs are receiving medical treatment and will hopefully be put into a new home, which is a far cry from what their fate once was.

"These particular six dogs that we brought back would have been put down this week." Freeman says.

It may not have been the numbers they were hoping to bring back and help, but the result was right on target.

To visit the National Mill Dog Rescue website, click here.



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