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ANIMAL RESCUE CORPS AND AUTHORITIES RESCUE 19 ABANDONED DOGS IN HARDEMAN COUNTY AND OVER 40 NEGLECTED ANIMALS IN HARDIN COUNTY

Operation Resolution Part Two & Part Three:  January 7th, 2016

ASP_6562Bolivar, TN – Animal Rescue Corps (ARC) is in Tennessee assisting multiple law enforcement agencies in addressing cases of animal neglect and abandonment across the state. Following yesterday’s rescue of abandoned dogs in Clay County, ARC partnered with two more counties, Hardeman and Hardin, to rescue more than 50 animals from cruelty and neglect situations today.

“These are our second and third hoarding and abandonment case in two days in Tennessee,” said ARC President Scotlund Haisley. “We are assisting multiple agencies across the state this week to help with similar cases. All of these animals are innocent victims, so it’s a very sad situation, but we’re here now and their bad days will soon be behind them.”

ASP_6612ARC and Hardeman County Animal Control rescued 19 abandoned dogs from a rundown home in a residential area of Bolivar, TN, about seventy miles east of Memphis.

The medium-sized, mixed-breed dogs were found exposed to the elements in a fenced yard, which was covered in piles of feces, plywood with rusty nails sticking out, cinderblocks, and other hazardous trash. The dogs were all extremely dirty, their fur was matted, and they had ear and eye infections; one dog has untreated ruptured tendons in both back legs, which has resulted in a deformity and painful arthritis. All of the dogs were social, but unused to human contact and exhibited extreme fear when handled.

ASP_7088The planning for this rescue, dubbed Operation Resolution Part Two, began when Hardeman County Animal Control called ARC for assistance after they received a call from the property owner saying he was on a trip out of state and might never come back so they should go get the dogs he left behind. He told animal control he only had 10 dogs.

“We take animal cruelty very seriously in this county but, with our shelter already at capacity, we didn’t have room for 19 more,” said Hardeman County Animal Control Officer Kimberly White. “So resources like ARC are extremely important to us in being able to address larger cases like this. I don’t know what we would do without them.”

ASP_7661ARC then assisted Hardin County Animal Control in the removal of more than 40 animals, including dogs, mice, rats, and a cat, from a hoarding situation at a home in Counce, TN, about 100 miles east of Memphis. The property owner surrendered all of the animals to Hardin County who transferred them to ARC.

The underweight, dehydrated cat was found loose on the trash-strewn property. Four dogs were chained outside without adequate food, water, or shelter and approximately 18 were inside the house that had extremely poor air quality due to high ammonia levels; the floor was plywood subflooring soaked with urine, causing dangerously high ammonia levels irritating to the eyes, nose, and throat. The dogs were malnourished, some emaciated, and many exhibited signs of advanced mange, a medical condition caused by skin mites and resulting in hair loss if left untreated. The dogs were also suffering from dehydration, severe ear infections, dental disease, and overgrown nails. Four mice and three adult rats, one with a litter of approximately 11 newborn babies, were also found in enclosures inside the house.

ASP_7937The planning for this rescue, dubbed Operation Resolution Part Three, began when Hardin Animal Control followed up at the address on a bite report, found the animals living in inadequate conditions, and called ARC for assistance in removing the animals.

“Our shelter stays full, so we don’t have the resources to take in this many animals at once,” said Hardin County Animal Control Director Debbie Nowicki. “ARC’s partnership enables us to address these cases in an efficient and effective way.”

ASP_8000ARC transported the animals from both cases to an emergency shelter set up for the operations taking place this week 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 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 animals are transferred to these groups.

Animal Rescue Corps performed Operation Resolution Part Two in conjunction with Hardeman County Animal Control and Part Three with Hardin County Animal Control. Compassion in Action of Tennessee and Goofy Foot Dog Rescue assisted with both cases, Montgomery County Animal Control loaned their transport trailer to bring the animals to the safety of ARC’s emergency shelter, Novamet Specialty Products in Lebanon generously donated the building for the emergency shelter.  The BISSELL Pet Foundation and PetSmart Charities® provided financial support.

View the mini-documentary video of Operation Resolution here.

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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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