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Woman drives eight hours to rescue W.Va. dogs

Photo by Eric DiNovo Jeannie Renninger attempts to capture dogs during an animal rescue on Warrior Mine Road in War Monday.

Photo by Eric DiNovo
Jeannie Renninger attempts to capture dogs during an animal rescue on Warrior Mine Road in War Monday.

By Anne Elgin
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

WAR, W.Va.  — The barking from multiple dogs could be heard up and down Warrior Mine Road as a dog rescuer from Indiana worked to save the canines.

Jeannie Renninger of Whitley County, Ind., drove eight hours on Sunday to reach McDowell County after seeing a post on Facebook about six stray dogs in Kimball. After contacting a friend who lives in Bluefield, Michelle Lafon, to help her rescue the dogs, she then learned about 20 to 40 other dogs in a house, whose owner is now hospitalized.

Sheriff Martin West, of the McDowell County Sheriff’s Department, escorted Renninger and four other volunteers to the house.

Equipped with treats, dog food, blankets and kennels, Renninger and volunteers entered a house covered in dog feces and found about 15 dogs inside, along with another 10 dogs outside in the yard.

Renninger said, she could see a few of the dogs were injured and sick, although most were simply scared and hungry.

Renninger said she won’t leave until all the dogs are rescued…

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