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ANIMAL RESCUE CORPS AND WEAKLEY COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT WORK THROUGH THE NIGHT TO RESCUE NEARLY 40 ANIMALS FROM TWO CASES OF NEGLECT

ASP_4151WEAKLEY COUNTY, TN – Animal Rescue Corps (ARC) assisted the Weakley County Sheriff’s Department yesterday and today in the rescue of 36 animals found living in extremely neglectful conditions at two, unrelated properties in the unincorporated areas of Martin and Gleason, TN. All of the animals were surrendered to Animal Rescue Corps.

At the property in Martin, responders found 19 medium and large breed dogs, including young puppies, loose around the property owner’s single-wide trailer without adequate food, water, or shelter. The dogs were all extremely dirty and suffering from parasitic and flea infestations, which can cause numerous health problems, including anemia (which was a noted condition on scene) and eventually death, if left untreated.

ASP_4566Five dogs and 12 cats were found at the property in Gleason. The dogs were outside in pens and on chains and the cats were loose on the property, all without adequate food, water, or shelter. The majority of the animals from both properties were lacking human socialization and did not readily come to people, so responders worked through the night into the early hours of the morning to safely and humanely capture them all.

“These animals’ physical and emotional needs have been severely neglected and they have been breeding unabated,” said ARC President Scotlund Haisley. “But their lives have changed for the better and we are looking forward to giving them much-needed care and attention and seeing them become happy, healthy, loved family members.”

The planning for this rescue began when ARC received a call for assistance from the Weakley County Sheriff’s Department after receiving complaints from citizens residing next to the properties in question. While visiting the properties in response to those reports, the Sheriff’s Department found the property owners had significantly more animals than they could humanely care for.

ASP_4494ARC transported the animals to the emergency shelter in Lebanon, TN, set up for these rescues, dubbed Operation Seasons Change Part 1 (the dog case in Martin) and Operation Seasons Change Part 2 (the cat case in Gleason). Each animal will receive a thorough veterinary exam, appropriate vaccinations, and any necessary medical treatment. ARC will provide daily care until the animals are placed with responsible 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 Operations Seasons Change Part 1 and 2 in conjunction with the Weakley County Sheriff’s Department and Compassion in Action of Tennessee. PetSmart Charities provided critical emergency supplies and equipment to this operation, New Leash on Life in Lebanon and Montgomery County (TN) Animal Care & Control loaned their transport vehicles to bring the animals to the safety of ARC’s emergency shelter, and Novamet Speciality Products in Lebanon generously donated the building for the emergency shelter.

ASP_4772For more information about Animal Rescue Corps, please visit www.animalrescuecorps.org.

About PetSmart Charities:

PetSmart Charities, Inc. is a nonprofit animal welfare organization that saves the lives of homeless pets. More than 400,000 dogs and cats find homes each year through our adoption program in all PetSmart™ stores and our sponsored adoption events. PetSmart Charities grants more money to directly help pets in need than any other animal welfare group in North America, with a focus on funding spay/neuter services that help communities solve pet overpopulation. PetSmart Charities is a 501(c)(3) organization, separate from PetSmart, Inc.

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One response to “ANIMAL RESCUE CORPS AND WEAKLEY COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT WORK THROUGH THE NIGHT TO RESCUE NEARLY 40 ANIMALS FROM TWO CASES OF NEGLECT”

  1. Jennifer Redmond says:

    Hello! I just wanted to let you know, we adopted the little black/tan dog on this site from the KY Humane Society this weekend. She is just the most loving dog and a great addition to our family. Thank you for all you do for these animals and helping them get to homes. We are honored to have her (Little Evie) in her forever home.

    Love,
    Jenn Redmond
    Louisville KY

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