In July 2010, Wayne Lawings, 61, of Knoxville, Tennessee, was cited for cruel confinement of twenty-seven chihuahuas and two parakeets in his singlewide trailer house.
It had only been a few months since the last time authorities confiscated a large accumulation of dogs and other animals, and already Lawings was up to his antics, with more animals than previously.
His trailer was a filthy puppy mill, but operating a puppy mill seemsss not to have been Lawings' primary motivation. He seemingly suffer sfrom an uncontrolable urge to accumulate animals, a well-documented mental disorder.
As can be seen in one of the photos of an emaciated dog, Lawings is not capable of caring for so many animals. Yet most of the dogs weren't in as bad a shape as because Lawings hadn't had them as long enough for them to much decline.
After full health evaluations all the dogs were expected to prove to be adoptable. It was expected most would be in good homes before Lawings even reached trial.