Woman responds to abandoning dogs in Searcy County
By Jordan Bontke
Searcy County (KATV) - Dozens of dogs have been abandoned at a home in Searcy County, now the Humane Society has to foster the dogs on their own. On Nubbin Hill Road in Leslie, sits what looks like an abandoned home with about 30 dogs surrounding the house at all hours of the day. Collie Magruder, Vice President of the Searcy County Humane Society, says the county is full of strays and the home on Nubbin Hill isn't helping the problem. "It's more horrid than I can even think about, and I have to do something as fast as I can" says Magruder. Collie Magruder says that she owns 24 dogs herself. Most members of the Searcy County Humane Society foster animals in their own homes because they don't have a facility. Magruder plans to build crates and take the dogs from Nubbin Hill to her foster care. When KATV arrived at the home on Nubbin Hill the car was immediately surrounded by dogs. Several yards away in yard full of trash lay one dead dog. On the porch sits a bag of rabies immunization bottles, and the ribs of around 30 dogs are visible on most of them. We found out that a woman from Minnesota name April Westling used to live in that home, so KATV got a hold of her. When Westling moved to Searcy County, she noticed the pet problem and started to take the dogs in and care for them, eventually collecting 139 dogs. When the original property owner of the home on Nubbin Hill requested from the county to move back in, Westling was evicted with 10 days notice. Since then, Westling has been taking van loads of the dogs back to Minnesota. "I would never hurt an animal" Said Westing "I would never let anything suffer for any reason ever!" The Searcy County Sheriff hasn't charge Westling with anything besides issuing the evection notice and listening to complaints from residents about her dogs interfering with neighboring cattle. Westling did tell us that she spoke with other media in 2012 when she collected 85 dogs from hoarder in Van Burin County, but because she doesn't feel welcome she plans to leave Arkansas. The county prosecutor says that depending on the case, an animal abuse charge can range anywhere from a day to one year in jail. Abandonment is considered abuse.
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