Many pets recovered as clean up continues in Dyer County

By Janice Broach - bio | email

DYERSBURG, TN (WMC-TV) - Two days after Dyer County was declared a disaster area, efforts to clean up the community continued Thursday and could take many more months.

A command center has been set up in Dyersburg where the National Guard and fire and police departments are trying to help a city that is still flooded.

Neighborhoods were closed off, guarded by the police and National Guard.  In many neighborhoods, residents had to leave their pets behind.

"It looked at me and I said, 'get that cat,'" said Sara Hatch with the Dyer County Humane Society.

Rescue workers with the Humane Society went out and started bringing in the pets that were left behind.

Brian McNdely was reunited with his cat, Snowball.

"That's her, yeah," McNdely said.  "Thank God, oh bless her heart."

Owners called the Humane Society and asked if they could rescue their pets.

"We found these cats in one home," said Paige Morphis with the Dyer County Humane Society.  "The lady called and said her cats are in her house but they wouldn't let her take them."

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