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Operation Resolution Part Five:  January 9th, 2016

ARC OpRes5Lafayette, TN – Animal Rescue Corps (ARC) is in Tennessee assisting multiple law enforcement agencies in addressing cases of animal neglect and abandonment across the state. Late last night, in the fifth of ARC’s ‘Operation Resolution’ cases in three days, ARC assisted Macon County Animal Control in the rescue of 21 dogs found abandoned in horrifying conditions in an old country store with attached living quarters in Lafayette, TN, about an hour northeast of Nashville.

The dogs’ owner is reportedly in hospice care and the dogs, mixed breeds of various sizes, could have been without food and water for up to a month and their living conditions were extremely unsanitary and dangerous; several inches of compacted feces, empty glass bottles and cans, broken furniture, mattresses, tires, broken large appliances, and other hazardous trash covered the floors and filled the crowded rooms. Roaches crawled over all surfaces and countless cobwebs hung from the ceiling. The dogs were all extremely thin, some emaciated. They were dirty, malnourished, dehydrated, and suffering from eye and ear infections, respiratory issues, ear mites, and other internal and external parasites.

ASP_8982“This is our fifth operation in Tennessee in the past three days, three of which have been abandonment cases with at least 19 dogs in counties that have limited resources for animals,” said ARC President Scotlund Haisley. “This is why we started ARC five years ago this coming Monday – to provide expert humane rescue services to communities and animals who desperately need help. After speaking with Macon County’s animal control officer and seeing pictures of these dogs trapped in this horrible place, we quickly finished our fourth operation and rushed straight to the fifth.”

ASP_8974The planning for this rescue began when Macon County Animal Control was contacted by the building owner who visited the property to serve an eviction notice to the dogs’ owner and resident, who reportedly had not paid his rent for over a year, and found the property and the dogs abandoned. The animal control officer had seen news coverage of ARC’s Operation Resolution Part One in Clay County on Wednesday and reached out for assistance with this case.

“We take animal abuse and neglect very seriously but lack the resources to do rescues like this. We only have 11 runs in our shelter and we’re already full,” said Macon County Animal Control Officer Corey Lawrence. “These animals desperately needed help so we didn’t hesitate to reach out to Animal Rescue Corps for assistance.”

ASP_9699ARC documented and safely removed all of the dogs from the property and transported them to an emergency shelter in Lebanon, TN, about 40 minutes east of Nashville, set up for this week’s rescues, dubbed Operation Resolution Parts One through Five. In Part One, ARC assisted the Clay County Sheriff’s Office in the rescue of 21 abandoned dogs on an extremely dilapidated property in Whitleyville TN. In Part Two, ARC assisted Hardeman County Animal Control in the rescue of 19 abandoned dogs from a rundown home in a residential area of Bolivar, TN. In Part Three, ARC assisted Hardin County Animal Control in the removal of 23 neglected dogs, 1 cat, 4 mice, and 14 rats from filthy conditions at a home in Counce, TN. In Part Four, ARC rescued 31 dogs living with a man deep in the woods of Natchez Trace State Park in Benton County, TN.

Each of the more than 130 animals rescued this week will receive a thorough veterinary exam, appropriate vaccinations, and any necessary medical treatment. ARC will provide daily care until the animals 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_0143Animal Rescue Corps performed Operation Resolution Part Five in conjunction with Macon County Animal Control and Lafayette Animal Control was also on scene. Compassion in Action of Tennessee assisted, Montgomery County Animal Control loaned their transport trailer 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. The BISSELL Pet Foundation provided critical funds and PetSmart Charities® provided financial support for Operation Resolution Part One through Three.

View the mini-documentary video of Operation Resolution here.


The BISSELL Pet Foundation is a non-profit 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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