December 21, 1998.... A Hickman County woman
is under investigation on charges of 195 counts of animal cruelty. The
Humane Society says the woman ran a kind of puppy factory, keeping about
300 dogs and puppies in what they describe as ‘deplorable conditions.’
On Monday, makeshift kennels and card table
adoptions were set up for the monumental task of finding homes for nearly
300 dogs and puppies. The animals came from as called ‘puppy mill’ that
was raided by members of the Hickman Humane Society. Those who saw where
the dogs were being kept were sickened. They were in wire cages with feces
piled up and maggots. Newborn puppies on the ground.
Every horrible story was out there, said a
witness. They had pet carriers with two to five animals inside one pet
carrier! A two-by-two box, another outraged witness said. No food or
shelter or water. None had the proper care. Their coats have lice and
parasites, added another.
This monster had been tipped off about the
raid, and Patricia Adkisson, the owner, had removed over a hundred dogs
from the property! There were filthy cages everywhere Empty! There was
the remnants of an old trailer that housed dogs in unbelievable filth.
The cages were stacked four high with no bottoms to protect the dogs
underneath. Outside there were two rows of horrific cages that were
of wood and chicken wire and burlap that was so weathered it hung in strips
of decay and inside those cages were mountains of feces that the dogs
lived in. Most of these dogs had also been removed.
"On the way up the hill on one side there
was a field of about 50 horses that were malnourished and pathetic.
And in that field there was a mare standing over and nudging her dead foal.
There were goats that seemed to have survived these deplorable conditions
but ran down the hill in record speed when they heard the sound of a truck
engine they seemed to recognize as someone coming to cast them food."
Patricia Adkisson, who declined to comment,
owns the farm where the dogs came from. All of the dogs were purebred,
leaving officials to surmise that she sold them for profit. Adkisson faces
195 separate counts of cruelty to animals and more charges may follow.
At least some of these dogs were stolen, rescuers discovered when
they found dogs that had disappeared from their homes!
On Adkisson’s property, at least 20 horses
- many nothing more but skin and bone - were discovered clustered around
hay bales placed in the pasture by the Humane Society. But what was over
the pasture hill on the woman’s property struck terror in the volunteers.
Removed from that described ‘killing field’ were horse and dog skulls,
as well as the tiny ones of puppies. A close look indicates the animals
had been shot. The Humane Society has given the remains to state investigators.
Patricia P. Adkisson is a "breeder" of purebred
Arabian horses (had 28 Arabians registered in her name a few years ago
according to the AHR). She also has a son, Mark T. Adkisson, who owned
4 Arabian horses as of the 1996 Arabian Horse Registry CD. It is not known
at this time if those horses were on the property and rescued.
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