MAS asks for help from the public after rescuing 40 dogs from deplorable conditions

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) – Memphis Animal Services is now at crisis-level status after taking in 40 dogs from a Berclair home Thursday night.

The owner of those dogs is now charged with aggravated cruelty to animals.

The home on Zelda Lane was considered inhabitable by Memphis Animal Services.

According to neighbors and investigators, the dogs’ owner, Bonnie Maher-Hazel, didn’t even live there.

Inside the home there were wire kennels pushed into each room and covered in feces.

“All I could do is walk through and look at them and say, ‘We got you. We’ve got you,’” said Alexis Pugh, MAS director.