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Operation Resolution Part One:  January 6th, 2016

ASP_5367Whitleyville, TN – Animal Rescue Corps (ARC) is in Tennessee assisting multiple law enforcement agencies in addressing cases of animal neglect and abandonment across the state. Today ARC assisted the Clay County Sheriff’s Office in the rescue of approximately 20 abandoned dogs found fending for themselves on an extremely dilapidated property in Whitleyville TN, about an hour and a half northeast of Nashville. All of the dogs were surrendered by the person who left the dogs behind after moving off the property approximately two weeks ago.

Approximately twenty small and medium mixed-breed dogs, including two 10-week-old puppies, were found exposed to the elements, running loose in and around several trailers on the property, which was covered in piles of feces, empty glass bottles and can, broken furniture, metal sheeting, mattresses, tires, broken large appliances, and other hazardous trash. The dogs were all extremely dirty, malnourished, dehydrated, and suffering from eye and ear infections, respiratory issues, ear mites, and mange. Their only water source was mostly frozen, dirty rainwater that had collected in broken buckets. Three deceased dogs, one adult and two puppies, were found on the property and a veterinarian’s preliminary findings suggest that they likely died from exposure.

ASP_5498“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,” said 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 planning for this rescue began when ARC received a call from a concerned citizen regarding the apparent neglect and abandonment of the dogs and ARC reached out to the Clay County Sheriff’s Office to offer assistance.

“We take animal abuse very seriously in this county but don’t have the resources to do rescues like this,” said Clay County Sheriff Brandon Boone. “These animals desperately needed help so we didn’t hesitate to accept the assistance of Animal Rescue Corps and take action.”

ASP_6247Sheriff Boone, Deputy Josh Brawner and Corporal Bobby Jacoby were on scene as they and ARC documented and safely removed all of the dogs from the property. ARC transported them to an emergency shelter set up for this rescue, dubbed Operation Resolution Part One, in Lebanon, TN, about 40 minutes east of Nashville. Each animal will receive a thorough veterinary exam, appropriate vaccinations, and any necessary medical treatment. ARC will provide daily care until the dogs are 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.

ASP_5511Animal Rescue Corps performed Operation Resolution Part One in conjunction with the Clay County Sheriff’s Office, Compassion in Action of Tennessee, Montgomery County Animal Control loaned their transport trailer to bring the animals to the safety of ARC’s emergency shelter, The BISSELL Pet Foundation and Petsmart Charities® donated necessary fund to complete this operation and Novamet Speciality Products in Lebanon generously donated the building for the emergency shelter.


The BISSELL Pet Foundation is a non-profit pet foundation that provides financial assistance to animal welfare organizations with the goal of reducing the number of animals in shelters and rescues through adoption, spay/neuter programs, micro-chipping, and foster care.
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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