PetSmart Charities donates $20,000 to Parke-Vermillion County Humane Society


VERMILLION COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) – PetSmart Charities, the largest funder in animal welfare in North America, has announced a $20,000 donation to the Parke-Vermillion County Humane Society to help cover the nearly 100 animals rescued in a recent hoarding case.

The case started in October when 56 cats, 26 birds and 10 dogs were removed from the “Troll Keep Kitty Haven Animal Rescue” in Dana after receiving phone calls from concerned pet owners.

Those animals were taken to the Parke Vermillion County Humane Society.

“Our staff and volunteers have put in long hours to ensure each animal gets the proper care and nutrition it needs to recover,” said Mark Southwick, board president of the Parke-Vermillion County Humane Society. “We are grateful for this donation from PetSmart Charities and all of their support to help us procure the proper resources to get the job done.”

The funds provided by PetSmart Charities will be used to help cover necessary medical treatment, pet food and sheltering supplies to accommodate the animals.

Three arrests were made in this case. Officials report Bonnie Hanning, Shannon Childress and Lorene Childress have all been arrested in connection with this case. They were taken to the Vermillion County Jail for a warrant of cruelty to animals.