ANIMAL RESCUE CORPS AND WARREN COUNTY LAW ENFORCEMENT RESCUE MORE THAN 100 ANIMALS FROM ALLEGED PUPPY MILL
Warren County, TN – Animal Rescue Corps (ARC) assisted the Warren County District Attorney’s
Office in the rescue of approximately 120 dogs and 5 birds who were found to be living in deplorable conditions at an alleged puppy mill in Warren County. All of the animals were seized by the Warren County Sheriff’s Office.
“These animals were suffering from starvation and various untreated illnesses. We got here just in time for some of them,” said Scotlund Haisley, president of ARC. “I commend the District Attorney’s Office for acting quickly and working with ARC to save so many lives today.”
When responders arrived on the scene they found Chihuahuas, Pomeranians, Brussels Griffons and other small breeds living in crowded, unsanitary conditions in small wire hutches outdoors and wooden crates in a basement. The dogs, some of whom had recently given birth, lacked proper socialization and veterinary care. The dogs, most of whom were severely matted, were living in enclosures encrusted with feces and urine; and in at least one cage a dog was found living with the remains of two dead dogs.
This case began when ARC received a tip concerning the welfare of the dogs. Evidence brought by ARC to the Warren County District Attorney’s Office revealed violations of county and state cruelty laws. “The District Attorney’s Office is proud to continue our aggressive prosecution of animal abuse and neglect cases and is proud to partner today with the Animal Rescue Corps to address a very unfortunate situation,” said District Attorney Lisa Zavogiannis.
ARC has safely removed all of the animals and transported them to an emergency shelter set up at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds in Nashville. Each animal will receive a veterinary exam, appropriate vaccinations and any necessary immediate medical treatment by a team of local veterinarians. ARC will provide daily care until custody of the animals is determined and animals can be placed with shelters and rescue groups.
PetSmart Charities® donated much-needed sheltering supplies to make this rescue possible. Animal Rescue Corps performed this rescue in conjunction with: The Warren County District Attorney’s Office, The Warren County Sheriff’s Office, Ady Gil World Conservation, Arthur E. Benjamin Foundation and American Dog Rescue, Animal House Veterinary Clinic, The Tennessee State Fairgrounds, Wilson County DART and New Leash on Life.
For more information about puppy mills and Animal Rescue Corps, please visit www.animalrescuecorps.org.
Media Contact: Michael Cunningham
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