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Owner says she cared for dogs
Local law enforcement teamed with a Washington, D.C.-based animal rights group to rescue 124 dogs and five birds from a home in Centertown on Tuesday.Seven dogs were also found dead, according to District Attorney Lisa Zavogiannis.The animals, which were seized by the Warren County Sheriff’s Department executing a warrant issued by the District Attorney’s Office, were transported to an emergency shelter established at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds in Nashville.No charges have been filed against the owner of the animals, 72-year-old Wilma Jones of Mears Road. When contacted Wednesday afternoon, Jones says she has done nothing wrong.“They say I’m not taking care of them, but I’m up till 4 a.m. with them,” said Jones, who indicated some of the dogs were for sale and others were her companions. “Those dogs were my life and they have just come in here and taken them away from me.