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ASP_6415Gibson County, TN – Animal Rescue Corps (ARC) assisted the Gibson County Sheriff’s Department today in the rescue of approximately 48 dogs, mostly small breeds, found living in horrendous conditions at a puppy mill in Gibson County, TN, about two hours west of Nashville, TN. All of the dogs were seized by the sheriff’s department.

Deputies from the Gibson County Sheriff’s Department visited the property and upon inspection found clear violations of state and local animal cruelty codes. 45 small dogs were found stacked in cages with piles of urine soaked feces, as well as three large dogs roaming loose on the property. Two dead dogs were also found on the property; one in a cage with two other dogs which the property owner indicated she had known about for some time.  The property owner, who breeds and sells dogs, is being charged with 50 counts of animal cruelty. Authorities reached out to ARC, who assisted the Gibson County Sheriff’s Department on a similar case in November of 2014.

ASP_6309“These dogs have been locked in a cage their whole lives and forced to have litter after litter.” said ARC President Scotlund Haisley. “They have never known what it’s like to be a dog. Most of them have never felt the ground beneath their feet or a kind touch.”

The various breeds found include; Chihuahuas, Yorkshire Terriers, Boston Terriers, Maltese, Shih-Tzus, Poodles and Brussels Griffon. Many of the animals were found without access to food or water, some exposed to the elements without shade of any kind. Adult dogs and puppies, some of which were just days old and nursing, exhibited signs of severe, chronic neglect, including emaciation, mange, dehydration, intestinal worms, external parasites, urine scalding, severe matting, runny eyes and alopecia.

“Cruelty and abuse, whether inflicted on a person or animal, will not be tolerated in this county.” said Paul Thomas, Sheriff of Gibson County. “We are, once again, grateful to Animal Rescue Corps for being a resource for our community to address these large scale cases of abuse.”
The BISSELL Pet Foundation (BFP), based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, provided critical financial resources for this operation, as well as sending a team to assist on scene. “This is exactly why BISSELL Pet Foundation was formed,” said Cathy Bissell, founder, “to help communities and other organizations in their mission to end suffering.”

ASP_6186ARC documented all of the animals and the conditions on the property and transported the dogs to the emergency shelter set up for this rescue, dubbed Operation Summer Saves, in Lebanon, TN, about 40 minutes east of Nashville where they were already caring for the 32 dogs rescued five days ago in Morgan County. Each animal will receive a thorough veterinary exam, appropriate vaccinations, and any necessary medical treatment. ARC will provide daily care for the animals until legal custody is determined and they can be transferred to 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 Summer Saves in conjunction with the Gibson County Sheriff’s Department; Compassion in Action of Tennessee and Goofy Foot Dog Rescue provided logistical support, Novamet Specialty Products in Lebanon has generously donated space to serve as the ARC emergency shelter.

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  1. Sharon Dockins says:

    I am a LVMT that has done some volunteer work with ARC in the past. Then you guys just quit contacting me. I took the very first class you offered in Nashville at the fairgrounds. I am happy to help if I can and did send a donation.

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