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Blue Springs, MS – Animal Rescue Corps (ARC) assisted the Union County Sheriff’s Department and Animal Control today in the rescue of more than 100 animals found living in extremely neglectful conditions on two properties in Blue Springs, MS, about an hour and a half southeast of Memphis, TN. All of the animals were seized by the Union County Sheriff’s Department.

Approximately 75 large breed dogs, including newborn litters and pregnant dogs, 17 horses, three donkeys, and 20 cats were found without adequate food, water, of shelter. They were running loose around the overgrown properties, in dilapidated pens, and in filthy conditions inside barn rooms and in the property owners’ house. The animals were all extremely dirty and suffering from heavy infestations of internal and external parasites. Some dogs had several dozen ticks on each paw, splaying their toes, and many adults and puppies were suffering from anemia as a result of their heavy flea infestations. Some of the animals were emaciated and suffering from malnutrition, and all of the cats had upper respiratory and eye infections from living in a single small room that was filled with the smell of ammonia. One horse had what appeared to be a gunshot wound through the neck, which you could see through to the other side.

“These animals were suffering from extreme neglect and needed immediate medical attention,” said ARC President Scotlund Haisley. “I have never seen so many ticks on a single dog – their paws were completely covered and there were several inches of ticks piled up on their ears.”

The planning for this rescue began when ARC received a call for assistance from the Union County Sheriff’s Department after receiving a report from a local veterinarian. While investigating the properties as a result of that report, the Sheriff’s Department found several cruelty code violations and immediately reached out to ARC for assistance with removing and documenting the animals.

This county takes all cases of abuse and cruelty very seriously,” said Union County Sheriff Jimmy Edwards. “The law was being violated and these animals desperately needed help, so we didn’t hesitate to reach out to Animal Rescue Corps and take action.”

ARC documented the property and the animals and safely transported them to an emergency shelter set up for this rescue, dubbed Operation Mississippi Blues. Each animal will receive a thorough veterinary exam, appropriate vaccinations, and any necessary medical treatment. ARC will provide daily care until legal custody of the animals is determined and the animals can be placed with shelter and rescue organizations that will ultimately adopt them into loving homes. For people wishing to foster or adopt, ARC will publish its list of shelter and rescue placement partners on its Facebook page once the dogs are transferred to these groups.

Animal Rescue Corps performed Operation Mississippi Blues in conjunction with the Union County Sheriff’s Department, Mississippi State University, and Homeward Bound. Redemption Road Rescue provided equine care and transport. A grant from the Mental Insight Foundation provided critical funds to this operation.

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  1. Donna Darnell says:

    This is one of the most disgusting thing I have heard about in the United States I hope the person or persons that were taking care of these animals are punished to the full extent of the law Plus

  2. Stacey says:

    Thank you:-)

  3. Lucy Scoggin says:

    These people need to be done the same way they did to these sweet animals!!! I wish I could take them all but I already have 2 rescues!!

  4. grandma says:

    Great Job everybody! And may God bless you and
    Yours abundantly!!! And provide Healing and
    many many loving homes for these poor animals…..
    Thank you again to the sheriffs and the rescuers…
    Only God knows what would have happened to them
    If you had not been notified…

  5. thank you all for what you do.

  6. Connie Petito says:

    I am so glad that I am contributing monthly to your organization. You do wonderful work. All my animals have always been rescues. God bless you.

  7. francie says:

    what happened to the person who abused all these animals?? the article doesn’t say?

  8. Your organization needs all the help it can get. I sent my money today, hoping that others will follow. Help, please help these creatures!

  9. rhonda cooper says:

    I am interested in finding our about fostering. I live in Tupelo not far from Blue Spring. My main intrest is small breed dogs.

    • Tim Woodward says:

      This rescue was all large breed dogs. We will announce our placement partners on facebook and those wishing to foster or adopt will need to contact them directly. Thank you.

  10. Steve,
    I am a sustaining member of $20.00/month
    But I am donating $100.00 to go towards the Operation Mississippi Blues.

    I missed the last training class held in Lebanon, TN but am hopeful there will be another training class near Nashville soon.

    Thank you for all that you do.


  11. Joann Zimmerman says:

    So glad this was found out and rescue was done.
    How does something this large exist without knowledge of it?
    I hope all involved are given a taste of their own medicine.
    Full punishment, according to the law, must be given out. No allowing them to just walk away.

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