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Tippah County owner of rescued dogs speaks out

Reported by: Tyler Hill
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Updated: 8/06/2014 10:22 pm
BLUE MOUNTAIN, Miss. (WTVA) -- On Monday, 65 dogs were rescued from a home in Blue Mountain by the Humane Society of The United States.

The society said many of the dogs were malnourished, dehydrated and had physical injuries, like scars and broken bones.

But every story has at least two sides. Christine Beaty and her husband own the dogs and said their story hasn't been heard, until now.

You always hear, home is where the heart is, but home doesn't feel like home anymore for Beaty.

"This house is so empty," she said. Her heart is with her animals, but they were the ones taken by the Humane Society.

Workers said most of the dogs were neglected, starved and suffering without water.

"We have never beaten an animal," Christine said as she cried. "Those are God's little creatures, and they took mine. I always took care of those babies."

Workers hauled off 65 dogs. How she got all those animals started about four years ago.

She didn't buy them and didn't search for them. Instead, people dumped them off.

"I just don't understand how people can be so cruel," she said. Time after time, Beaty and her husband took in abandoned puppies.

"Every animal that was dropped off and starving, we would pick them up," she explained.

She said she tried to take them to local shelters, but she didn't have any luck. Either the shelter wanted money or simply couldn't take care of the dogs.

"We're just sitting here with all these counties around us that wouldn't take them," she added.

So she cared for them and tried to give them the best life possible.

"It was the only choice. We had to keep them here or throw them out in the road like those other people did them," Christine said. "We weren't going to do that. Anybody with a heart wouldn't do that."

What hurts her most are the rumors. Rumors say she's running a puppy mill, that she beats animals and starves them. To those rumors, she says no.

"I'm not a monster, and he's [her husband] not either," Christine said. "We have hearts, and we took care of the animals. We just...did the best we could."

She is happy about something. Now, show knows the dogs won't have to suffer again.

And maybe, they'll get the love she thinks they've always deserved.

"That's what we were pushing for the entire time," she said. "God knows we took care of these little animals and weren't mean to them."

The Beaty's will be able to keep six of the dogs. Other than those six, they've agreed to never take in more pets.

Even so, they said they'll sprinkle dog food along the road to make sure the strays have something to eat.

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