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A rescue dedicated to saving the dogs on death row. 

Lyles,Tennessee(55 miles west of Nashville).
931-670-7711  Contact Hope Clark

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Many times we are called right before a dog is to be euthanised. We are their last chance at life. It's a great feeling walking out of that shelter, knowing that YOU alone saved that dog. Its a shame that more people choose to buy a dog and not experience this. Its life changing. 

We have found that people want to help but have no clue how. Either they can not add any more dogs to their home or simply dont have the time to volunteer.

Sponsoring a dog means that you donate money to save that particular dog's life! We will rescue a dog for you on your behalf and care for it until it finds a home!

Please contact our email above so we may tell you how to donate!


Kentucky Seized
 Pit Bulls get a second chance at life and love

Please note that Purdee(AKA Big Momma)is still available. Please check out Purdee's profile on our adoption page.
Thanks to Anca for providing Piddle with a wonderful fur-ever home!
November 25, 2008 : 11:48 PM
Earlier this month, authorities made a horrible discovery in rural Graves County. Upon arrival, several dogs were found tied up and showed signs  of animal cruelty and possible dog fighting. Authorities on the scene found that the dogs were malnourished, heavily scarred, and some were found with missing eyes. One dog even survived an untreated tumor. The dogs who are believed to have been used as bait were found to have their teeth filed down. Only one dog as euthanized after biting a person that night.
The day following the initial seizure, another horrible discovery was made. The dead bodies of 12 dogs were recovered after being shot in the head and thrown off of a bridge into Clarks River. Authorities believe all but 2 of the dogs were killed 24-48 hours prior to the discovery. Three males showed signs of fighting and the females are believed to have been breeders. Along with the 72 seized the night before, 20 more were seized at a second location following this discovery. A Humane Society of the United States Special Investigator is aiding in the investigation of possible dog fighting.
Although these dogs have endured this treatment, they now have a second chance at life and love. The seized dogs were originally taken to the Mayfield-Graves County Animal Shelter where the staff noticed that the dogs wagged their tails and deeply wanted love. Many rescues have stepped up to help these dogs in their time of need. One of these organizations is Death Row Doggies in Lyles, TN. The group took two of the dogs, a 4 year old Staffordshire Terrier named Purdee and her son, 1 year old Piddle. According to Hope Clark of Death Row Doggies, neither Purdee or Piddle were used for fighting. Yet, Purdee was used as a breeding female and Piddle was kept in a cage meant for a puppy and not a grown dog. Both dogs have been vetted with the good news being that they are both Heartworm Negative! They will need to put on a little weight before they will be placed up for adoption. According to Hope, both Purdee and Piddle are absolute sweethearts who both love to give and receive hugs and kisses. “Honestly, as friendly as these 2 are, you would have never guessed the situation that they came from. Both of these 2 had bloody tails on the day we brought them home and it was literally from where they had wagged their tails so hard in their crates on the ride here!” Hope goes on to say “it was literally the happiest day of their lives!”
Amy DeBerry is due in court on December 3rd to answer to animal cruelty charges. She has since been released on a $30,000 bond. Joanal DeBerry remains in jail and has already pleaded not guilty. Another man, Thomas McClellan was arrested on drug charges. With the July revision of KRS 525.125, anyone who is found to have tortured, physically injured, or tortured an animal to death will be charged with a Class D Felony.
For further information on how to help Purdee or the many other dogs in need, please visit Death Row Doggies at The Humane Society is also offering two rewards for information that leads to an arrest and conviction on cruelty to animals and dog fighting.

Written by Trina Dunn
Photo courtesy of Hope Clark
To see more stories from Best Friends KY please visit

Eleven:Eleven Bully Rescue of Middle TN was responsible for rescuing 22+ dogs from this horrible situation in KY. Please visit their site for more info and to see their dogs available for adoption.
Our Mission

We at Death Row Doggies are committed to rescuing and rehoming the dogs who are currently on death row in high kill shelters. We are against euthanasia of companion animals and truly believe that there is a forever home for every dog. We are forever committed to the dogs in our care and will provide them a loving home until they are adopted.

About Our Rescue Group
We rescue and foster animals for our local Humane Societies which are considered high kill shelters. Many of the animals we have in foster care were next on the list to be put to sleep. Largely due to lack of room at the shelter. All have their own sad story. The shelter takes in several animals daily and unfortunately cannot adopt out as many as they accept. We keep between 20-30 dogs in foster care at a time, all ages, sizes and breeds. They are all under our personal care at a private home. Whenever we adopt a dog we go and rescue another from the shelter to replace it. Also, all of the adoption fees that we collect goes to the shelter where the animal was rescued from. Our rescue only accepts animals from our local shelters. We simply do not have the funding to take in owner surrenders or strays. If for some reason we do have space available we require the animal to be FULLY vetted(including spay/neuter) or for you to make a donation for us to get them up to date. Please keep in mind that rescuing animals is not cheap and most of the funds come from our own pockets! Our adoption fees hardly cover our expenses.
Come Meet our Pets
Our animals are in private foster homes. To meet a pet, please call or email and we can arrange something. 931-670-7711(Please, no calls later than 8:00pm,CST),  We also attend Adopt-A-thons at the Petsmart in Nashville, TN(on Charlotte Pike) on ocassion from 11-3. The number of dogs we bring depends on our volunteers that day. If interested in a certain dog, contact us and we can arrange to bring that dog for a meeting. WE CAN ALWAYS USE DOG WALKERS FOR THIS EVENT! Contact us for details.
Our Adoption Process
To adopt a pet you must fill out an adoption contract(if interested, we can email a copy to look over). The fees range from $100.00 or more depending on what services they have had done. The fee covers mandatory spaying/neutering, worming, Distemper/Parvo(DA2PPv) shot(s), Rabies, Heartworm testing and prevention, Bordetella vaccine, Frontline.  Also, all of the adoption fees that we collect goes to the shelter where the animal was rescued from. We are super picky about the animals we foster and want them to have a forever home. We will only do an adoption if it is the right situation for the dog!

Some familiar reason's people want to give up their pets. We honestly get calls like this,as do most shelters.
Hello: You have reached the shelter. Due to the
high volume of calls we have been receiving, please listen closely to
the following options and choose the one that best describes you or
your situation:

Press 1 if you have a 10-year-old dog and your 15-year-old son has
suddenly become allergic and you need to find the dog a new home
right away.

Press 2 if you are moving today and need to immediately place your
150 pound, 8-year-old dog.

Press 3 if you have three dogs, had a baby and want to get rid of
your dogs because you are the! only person in the world to have a
baby and dogs at the same time.

Press 4 if you just got a brand new puppy and your old dog is having
problems adjusting so you want to get rid of the old one right away.

Press 5 if your little puppy has grown up and is no longer small and
cute and you want to trade it in for a new model.

Press 6 if you want an unpaid volunteer to come to your home TODAY
and pick up the dog you no longer want.

Press 7 if you have been feeding and caring for a "stray" for the
last three years, are moving and suddenly determine it's not your

Press 8 if your dog is sick and needs a vet but you need the money
for your vacation.

Press 9 if you are elderly and want to adopt a cute puppy who is not
active and is going to outlive you.

Press 10 if your relative has died and you don't want to care for
their elderly dog because it doesn't fit your lifestyle.

Press 14 if you are calling at 6 a.m. to make sure you wake me up
before I have to go to work so you can drop a dog off on your way
to work.

Press 15 to leave us an anonymous garbled message, letting us know
you have left a dog in our yard in the middle of January, which is
in fact, better than just leaving the dog with no message.

Press 16 if you are going to get angry because we are not going to
take your dog that you have had for fifteen years, because it is
not our responsibility.

Press 17 if you are going to threaten to take your ten year old dog
to be euthanized because I won't take it.

Press 18 if you're going to get angry because the volunteers had the
audacity to go on vacation and leave the dogs in care of a trusted
volunteer who is not authorized to take your personal pet.

Press 19 if you want one of our PERFECTLY trained, housebroken, kid
and cat friendly purebred dogs that we have an abundance of.

Press 20 if you want us to take your dog that has a slight
aggression problem, i.e. has only bitten a few people and killed your
neighbor's cats.

Press 21 if you have already called once and been told we don't take
personal surrenders but thought you would get a different person this
time with a different answer.

Press 22 if you want us to use space that would go to a stray to
board your personal dog while you are on vacation, free of charge,
of course.

Press 23 if it is Christmas Eve or Easter morning and you want me to
deliver an eight week old puppy to your house by 6:30 am before
your kids wake up.

Press 24 if you have bought your children a duckling, chick or baby
bunny for Easter and it is now Christmas and no longer cute.

Press 25 if you want us to take your female dog who has already had
ten litters, but we can't spay her because she is pregnant again and
it is against your religion.

Press 26 if you're lying to make one of our younger volunteers feel
bad and take your personal pet off your hands.

Press 27 if your cat is biting and not using the litter box because
it is declawed, but are not willing to accept the responsibility
that the cat's behavior is altered because of your nice furniture.

Press 28 if your two year old male dog is marking all over your house
but you just haven't gotten around to having him neutered.

Press 29 if you previously had an outdoor only dog and are calling
because she is suddenly pregnant.

Press 30 if you have done "everything" to housebreak your dog and
have had no success but you don't want to crate the dog because it
is cruel.

Press 31 if you didn't listen to the message asking for an evening
phone number and you left your work number when all volunteers are
also working and you are angry because no one called you back.

Press 32 if you need a puppy immediately and cannot wait because
today is your daughter's birthday and you forgot when she was born.

Press 33 if your dog's coat doesn't match your new furniture and you
need a different color or breed.

Press 34 if your new love doesn't like your dog and you are too
stupid to get rid of the new friend (who will dump you in the next
month anyway) instead of the dog.

Press 35 if you went through all these 'options' and didn't hear
enough. This press will connect you to the sounds of tears being
shed by one of our volunteers who is holding a discarded old dog
while the vet mercifully frees him from the grief of missing his

~Author Unknown

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