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Rescuers search for new homes for murder victim's greyhounds

When Rebecca Neeley was murdered, the nine greyhound dogs in her care became instant orphans. When Rebecca Neeley was murdered, the nine greyhound dogs in her care became instant orphans.
Hours after Neeley's death, an ATM camera recorded a man as he tried to used Neeley's bank card to withdraw money. Hours after Neeley's death, an ATM camera recorded a man as he tried to used Neeley's bank card to withdraw money.

When Rebecca Neeley was murdered, the nine greyhound dogs in her care became instant orphans.

Memphis police investigators day the 58-year-old Neeley was found strangled to death in her spare room Wednesday night.  Hours after Neeley's death, an ATM camera recorded a man as he tried to used Neeley's bank card to withdraw money.  The man was also driving Neeley's car, which officers later recovered.

With names like Chucky, Abby and Lady Shay, and for the past several years, the nine retired greyhound racing dogs were like family to Rebecca Neeley.

"She'd find different things for them to wear," said dog kennel owner Robert Thorne.  "They had necklaces on.  She'd have different jewelry on them.  She lived for these dogs."

Tragically, that love affair ended last week when Neeley was found strangled in her Hickory Hill Home.  For the past several years, the dogs had been the stars of Neeley's Helping Hounds pet therapy group, visiting hospitals and nursing homes and helping patients cope with their illnesses.

"A patient in there with an illness - it brightens up their day," said Vicky Cohen of Mid-South Greyhound Adoption.  "They pet the dogs, and the dogs are gentle and loving.  They will stand here all day just to let you pet them."

Mid-South Greyhound Adoption has been given the task of trying to find homes for Neeley's dogs.  Officials said the animals, who were in Neeley's home when she was murdered, have been through a lot.

"I think they will be fine," Cohen said. "I think they are going to miss her, but I mean, they are going to be happy wherever they have a soft bed to lie on."


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