Volunteers clean up Tennessee shelter where dogs found dead

JACKSON, Tenn. (AP) -- Volunteers have cleaned out the Benton County Animal Shelter where a dozen dogs were found dead after it appeared they had been neglected.

More than 60 animals were still alive in the shelter when authorities found them Friday, but 25 puppies had to be euthanized because of exposure to disease and malnutrition.

Veterinarian Elizabeth Paschall said the environmental conditions the animals were found in were incomprehensible.

Most of the surviving animals were picked up by rescue groups, including the Jackson Humane Society.

The county-run shelter has been shut down and investigators are still trying to determine who is responsible.

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