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ANIMAL RESCUE CORPS RESCUE MORE THAN 60 NEGLECTED DOGS FROM PUPPY MILL IN PONTOTOC COUNTY

ASP_0753ECRU, MS – Animal Rescue Corps (ARC) assisted Pontotoc County today in the removal of more than 60 dogs from severely neglectful conditions at a breeding operation in Ecru, MS, about 30 miles west of Tupelo. All of the dogs were surrendered to Animal Rescue Corps.

ARC responders found a wide variety of small-breed dogs living in dilapidated, rain- and urine-soaked wood and wire hutches outside, exposed to the elements. Months’, if not years’ worth of feces was piled under the wire-floored cages and there was a strong smell of ammonia. Because of their lack of veterinary care and treatment and the unsanitary, inhumane living conditions, the dogs were suffering from a range of medical issues, including severe and painful dental disease, mammary tumors, severe matting of the fur, fur loss and skin inflammation, ear and eye infections, internal and external parasites (such as fleas), mammary tumors, reddened and raw feet from urine scalding and the wire flooring, significantly overgrown nails, and untreated open wounds and sores.

ASP_0400“We witnessed severe neglect today at this puppy mill. These dogs were not considered sentient beings who need and deserve care, just machines producing puppies for profit,” said ARC President Scotlund Haisley. “That changes today. From now on they will be treated as individuals, receive the medical treatments and love they so desperately need, and eventually become cherished members of a family.”

The planning for this rescue began when Pontotoc County authorities responded to a tip about this breeder and visited the property to investigate conditions. The property owner agreed to surrender all of the dogs, so Pontotoc County called Animal Rescue Corps for assistance.

ASP_0296This rescue, dubbed Operation Autumn Angels, is ARC’s fourth rescue in two weeks and it comes on the heels of the removal of 82 neglected dogs from a property in Hardin County, TN, yesterday. This series of operations started when ARC assisted Weakley County, TN on October 13 with the removal of 36 more animals, dogs and cats, from neglectful situations.

ARC transported the dogs from Operation Autumn Angels to the emergency shelter in Lebanon, TN, already set up to house and care for dogs and cats from the previous rescues. All of the animals 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.

ASP_1050Animal Rescue Corps performed Operation Fall Freedom in conjunction with Compassion in Action of Tennessee. The BISSELL Pet Foundation donated funds essential to getting ARC’s boots on the ground, Montgomery County (TN) Animal Care & Control loaned their transport vehicle 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.

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3 responses to “ANIMAL RESCUE CORPS RESCUE MORE THAN 60 NEGLECTED DOGS FROM PUPPY MILL IN PONTOTOC COUNTY”

  1. Pamela Beck says:

    WHEN WILL WE END THIS HORRIFIC BUSINESS OF ABUSE AND NEGLECT OF HELPLESS PETS AND THE INSANE WASTE OF OUR TAX DOLLARS? Surely, no amount of money is worth their misery.

    I HAVE A DREAM, THAT WE COULD DO AWAY WITH PUPPY AND KITTEN MILLS … Then the shelters could be used for what they were intended, as a safe haven for lost pets until their family comes for them, or they need to find a new forever home. And pet stores could get back to selling pet supplies.

    Many blessings to all who work to make animals’ lives better. WE ARE THEIR ONLY VOICE! So I am using my voice to post this repeatedly, until it somehow falls into the hands of someone who has the authority and the courage to help us put an end to puppy and kitten mills forever.

    PUPPY MILLS ARE GLUTTING THE SYSTEM

    We will euthanize thousands of pets today at our animal shelters and city Animal Care & Control facilities. We will euthanize thousands of pets tomorrow too, and most every day. Unless our lawmakers put an end to the mass production in puppy and kitten mills, this pet overpopulation crisis is doomed to increase. We will never be able to “rehome.” adopt, spay/neuter or even euthanize our way out of this crisis as long as these mills are churning out pets like they were food animals. This is costing our government millions of tax dollars, which are OUR TAX DOLLARS! And they are being spent to kill pets that the mills are producing. Some even sell the dead, sick and drugged (from euthanasia and illness) animals to “rendering plants” to make pet food, making our unsuspecting pets into cannibals. And the AKC IS SUPPORTING THIS CRUELTY because they make tons of money registering these poor souls, so they are of no help, even though they claim to be an advocate for pets. This is a vicious circle that never ends and has become a wasteful sinkhole of our tax revenues, leading many shelters to fail for lack of funding. This revenue could certainly be better spent elsewhere. The USDA has neglected to regulate this mill production, to the point that we are glutting our own tax system. Our government must know that this can not continue. We The People must demand that our lawmakers vote with us, and not with the Ag Industries, to STOP THIS INSANITY!

    I will never understand how the USDA has any business having pets under the same regulations, (or lack thereof), as poultry, slaughter hogs and beef cattle….WE DO NOT EAT DOGS AND CATS IN THIS COUNTRY! They are our pets and to some, our babies! Our government must stop allowing them to be mass produced like they were food animals! And the conditions that we accept as “USDA approved” for these animals to live in, consist of a lifetime of horrific neglect and deprivation! These pets don’t even get to go to slaughter when they are old enough and fattened up. They live their entire lives in a cage, often left out in all kinds of weather, with little or no veterinary care. The female’s’ life is spent carrying, nursing, or grieving her lost babies, until she is bred yet again. Then about twice a year, the male shares her cage until mating is complete. Then he is returned to languish in his own filthy cage until it is time to breed again.
    This only ends for them when they die, or become “no longer good for breeding”. Then they auction them off or kill them or just let them loose in the woods to starve or be killed by a wild animal, or eventually get picked up as a stray, which floods our shelters. What happens to the others is unknown. I don’t know what, if any regulations exist for their “disposal,” but dead animal carcasses have been found on the property of some of these mills.

    Unfortunately, the financial influence of the Agriculture business has managed to supersede the horrific conditions of the animals, the pet overpopulation crisis, even the glutting of our own system! IF YOU SHOP AT A PET STORE THAT SELLS PETS, YOU ARE SUPPORTING THIS HORRIFIC CRUELTY!
    Can you imagine if the beef producers were churning out millions of pounds of beef in a year, and we only ate a portion of it, and the rest had to be “disposed of” at great expense to the government? You can bet the USDA would be slapping some major restrictions on beef production. So why don’t they see that we are euthanizing millions of pets every year, and the puppy and kitten mills are “producing” a majority of them?

    IS OUR GOVERNMENT REALLY SO “OWNED” BY THE PUPPY MILL/AG INDUSTRY, THAT THEY BETRAY THEIR CONSTITUENTS, PROPAGATE CRUELTY, WASTE OUR TAX DOLLARS AND GLUT THEIR OWN SYSTEMS? We must find a way to get rid of this horrific business of abuse and neglect! OUR GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO TAKE ACTION TODAY!

    PAMELA M. BECK

  2. Brandi Adkin says:

    This makes me sick if you can get one of those dogs to me i will give it a great home in the country i live in Benton Harbor, Michigan

  3. connie glynn says:

    The only way this will ever stop is for the public to be educated about these horrific places and greedy people. Kind of like the flow of drugs, if there is no market for the ‘goods’, there’ll be no producers of them.

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