Chere Fuessel Tennessee Ridge, TN 4/11/2014 12:55:03 PM Our area is two small (total pop. less than 3000) in a rural area. We do have a very good vet clinic, but there is no animal control or shelter (in spite of several petitions). Many animals are simply "dumped and become everyone else's problem. no lease laws, and if there were, no one to enforce them. Many dogs belong to families that cannot afford to really take proper care of them, and Old Wives' tales are common (a female should have a litter - it will make her a better dog).