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Murfreesboro Animal Charity Accused of Taking Another Pet

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Murfreesboro Animal Charity Accused of Taking Another Pet

Stacy Case

   The owner of Roxie, an eskimo spitz, says  the director of the nonprofit Humane Alliance of Rutherford County tried to keep her twice,  several years back.  Dorothy Smith and her son Jerry Smith explain why they think this, "If you called from a landline, she put Smith and Smith--  two and two together so she stopped taking those calls. She was using caller ID to block calls."

  It wasn't until the Smiths got law enforcement involved that they got Roxie back according to Dorothy Smith, "As the dog got out of the car, he ran up and jumped in my arms. That's what the deputy  told her. He said I have no question who this dog belongs to."

   The Smith's encounter with Penny Jekot is similar to what the Haddix family is dealing with now. Fox 17 news has been actively advocating for them  after Jekot admits in this animal control report she agreed to house train Buddy then return him,  but kept him instead.

  The Smiths had to pay to get their Roxie back, twice.
The Haddix's too offered to pay for Buddy,  but Jekot won't give him back.  They've filed civil charges and Friday they'll go before a judge asking Jekot to give Buddy back.
   The Smiths plan to be there too saying they want to support those who've worked hard to get dogs back to their rightful owners.
     Animal control pictures inside Jekot's home show more than 20 dogs stacked in travel carriers,  including Buddy.

  Jekot wouldn't talk on camera, but says by phone she'll gladly do an interview after the litigation is resolved in court Friday.