What’s Good in the Neighborhood: Dogs given a second chance at life

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For nearly two decades, Linda Maddox has rescued stray dogs.

“They get a chance to be adopted,” Linda said. “They get a chance to be dogs.”

Whether they come with fleas, heartworms, snake bites, sores or are all skin and bones, she takes them in and nurses them back to health, keeping them at her large farm off of Highway 84.

In order to keep her operation running, she usually starts her day at 4 or 5 a.m.

“If I’m not up by 5 am, they are whining and crying,” Linda said. “the ones in the house and the ones outside are barking.”

Every day, the dogs are let out in groups, fed, given medication and loved on.

“I have three big dog yards,” Linda said. “They’re like pastures with trees that have houses. They also have fans, big fans with swimming pools in the dog yards.”

All of the animals rotate in pens and are brought into her home.

“It’s not a beautiful situation as far as beautiful kennel setup and all of that, but it works,” she said.

Many of the dogs that she takes in are medium to large. She keeps a running ad in the newspaper seeking a loving home for these dogs.

“I couldn’t do this if I didn’t have the passion for it because even when I’m sick, even when I feel like I can’t get up just like everybody gets sick at times or exhausted, I go out there, and I think I can’t do it, but I do, and I always feel better because I know I’m taking care of another life,” Linda said.

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