SPARTA — A Sparta woman who reportedly said she was overwhelmed by the number of dogs she had relinquished them to the White County Sheriff’s Department.White County Sheriff Oddie Shoupe reported that members of the White County Humane Society tipped deputies off to a possible puppy mill operation on Corolla Road at the residence of Gayla Jackson, owner of Gayla’s Poodle Palace, last Tuesday. According to the report made by the responding deputy, he “saw several dismantled animal crates in the yard and several dogs running loose on the property.”
The deputy made contact with the owners and advised them that the sheriff’s department was there to perform a welfare check on the animals.”The deputy found approximately 80 animals on the site at that time,” Detective Chris Isom with the White County Sheriff’s Department said. “He performed a walk-through of the property, including the outbuilding, where he observed dogs of different breeds throughout the property.” Dogs were reported loose around the house and some inside cages, but did appear to have adequate food and water. There was, however, feces on the floor and throughout the residence. Other deputies and Shoupe were told of the situation and reported to the site, along with members of the Humane Society who found housing for the animals. No information on whether or not charges would be filed were not available as of press time.