Jan 6, 2017 Sevier County Humane Society to leave fairgrounds
Monday, January 16th, 2017
Baby Girl — a 1-year-old, brown-and-white pit bull mix — tilts her head, and Joey, an 11-month-old Heeler mix, wags her tail while in kennels at the Sevier County Humane Society’s temporary animal shelter at the Sevier County Fairgrounds.
They are two of the 28 dogs and 15 cats staying in a building at the fairgrounds, at 754 Old Knoxville Highway, Sevierville, after the SCHS had to evacuate their official location at 959 Gnatty Branch Road, Sevierville, at night during the Nov. 28 Sevier County wildfires.
The Gnatty Branch Road facility received smoke and wind damage, and the fairgrounds offered SCHS a place to operate for free. The fairgrounds location is easier for people to access compared with the Gnatty Branch location, according to Cheri Hagmeier, vice president of the Sevier County Humane Society’s Board of Directors, and that has helped increase adoptions.