In Whitleyville, Tennessee, the Animal Rescue Corps (ARC) rescued 20 dogs on Wednesday that had been living in extremely dilapidated conditions. According to the organization’s media page, the owner surrendered all of the dogs after having moved away from the home more than two weeks ago.
With the help of the Clay County Sheriff’s Office, volunteers were able to remove the small and medium mixed-breed dogs including two 10-week-old puppies. The dogs were found running about the filthy conditions on the property which had been strewn “in piles of feces, empty glass bottles and can, broken furniture, metal sheeting, mattresses, tires, broken large appliances, and other hazardous trash.” Three deceased dogs, one adult and two puppies, were found on the property; a veterinarian’s preliminary findings suggest the dogs died from exposure.
The surviving dogs were reported to be filthy, malnourished, and dehydrated. They suffered from ear and eye infections, ear mites, respiratory problems and mange. They drank frozen, dirty rainwater that had collected into buckets around the trailers and garbage on the property. “The neglectful conditions were typical of hoarding, which is a compulsive emotional attachment to things or animals that often leads to a situation like this that causes immense suffering for both the animals and people involved,” stated ARC President Scotlund Haisley. “All of these abandoned animals are innocent victims, and I commend the Clay County Sheriff’s Office for acting quickly and working with us to save lives.”
The dogs have all been transferred to an emergency shelter, dubbed “Operation Resolution Part One”, in Lebanon, Tennessee. Once all the dogs are vet checked and evaluated, ARC will announce the partner shelters where these dogs will be available for adoption. Many thanks to the “Clay County Sheriff’s Office, Compassion in Action of Tennessee, Montgomery County Animal Control for loaning their transport trailer to bring the animals to the safety of ARC’s emergency shelter, and Novamet Speciality Products in Lebanon for generously donating the building for the emergency shelter.”
On Thursday morning, ARC announced they are now at the scene of another emergency situation in Hardeman County, Tennessee, dubbed “Operation Resolution Part Two.” More details will follow. To help support ARC, donations can be made by clicking here.
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