Compassion In Action

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ASP_1984Huntingdon, TN – Animal Rescue Corps (ARC) assisted the Huntingdon Police Department yesterday evening in the rescue of 22 dogs found living in neglectful conditions in Huntingdon, TN about two hours west of Nashville, TN. All of the dogs were seized by the Huntingdon Police Department.

Two days ago, Huntingdon Police visited the property on an unrelated legal matter. No one was home, but upon finding the large number of dogs at the property, authorities immediately reached out to Kim Rezac of Animal Rescue Corps, who has worked closely with the Department for years on local animal issues. Neighbors reported that they had not seen the property owner in about a week and they had concerns that the dogs had been abandoned. Yesterday, after attempts to contact property owner were unsuccessful, Huntingdon Police got a warrant to remove the dogs and bring them to safety.

ASP_1689Twenty-two dogs, including 13 Chihuahuas, two pit bull-type dogs, one Norwich terrier, and litters of puppies were found without adequate food or water loose inside the feces-strewn home and chained and penned outside. One deceased puppy was found in the home. Many of the dogs and puppies exhibited signs of neglect, including mange, dehydration, intestinal worms, external parasites, runny eyes, and alopecia.

“Huntingdon and Carroll County have very limited resources when it comes to animals in need,” said ARC Community Liaison Kim Rezac. “I’m glad Animal Rescue Corps was able to step up and help our community get these dogs the medical care and attention they desperately need.”

The Huntingdon Police Department has not yet located the property owner. All of the dogs have been placed in the care of ARC until a custody hearing is held or, if attempts to contact the property owner are unsuccessful after a period of time and the dogs have been deemed abandoned.

ASP_1827Each dog from this rescue, dubbed Operation Spring Time, will receive a thorough veterinary exam, appropriate vaccinations, and any necessary medical treatment. ARC will provide daily care until legal custody of the dogs is determined and they can be placed with ARC’s partner 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 Operation Spring Time in conjunction with the Huntingdon Police Department, Compassion in Action Tennessee, and Goofy Foot Dog Rescue.  Assistance was also provided by the Carroll County Humane Society.


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