Compassion In Action

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ASP_4357Morgan County, TN – Animal Rescue Corps assisted the Morgan County Sheriff’s Department yesterday evening in the rescue of 32 animals found living in neglectful conditions at a property in Morgan County, TN, about two hours east of Nashville, TN. All of the animals were seized by the sheriff’s department, including 20 dogs, one donkey, four miniature donkeys, two ponies, a potbellied pig, three roosters and one hen.


Deputies from the Morgan County Sheriff’s Department visited the property after receiving an animal abandonment complaint. Upon inspection, they found clear violations of state and local animal cruelty codes. Small dogs were visible inside the locked house, the floor of which was piled thick with animal feces, strewn with debris, soaked in urine, and no food or water could be seen. The stench and dangerously high levels of ammonia gas from the animal waste prevented authorities from entering the building immediately. The property owner, who reportedly claimed to breed and sell the ASP_4981dogs and did not live at the location where the animals were found, was arrested, taken into custody, charged with 18 counts of animal cruelty and later released on bond. Authorities reached out to ARC and a team responded within hours of receiving the call for help.


I’m so grateful we were in a position to respond to this request; we didn’t get here a moment too soon,” said ARC President Scotlund Haisley. “These animals were on death’s door when we arrived, but they’re safe now and we’re going to do everything possible to help them recover.”


The dogs inside the house, mostly Chihuahuas and Chihuahua mixes, were found without food or water loose inside the feces-strewn home. Adult dogs and puppies, who were just weeks old, exhibited signs of severe, chronic neglect, including emaciation, mange, dehydration, intestinal worms, external parasites, runny eyes and alopecia. Found outside on the property were four dogs chained to trees, equine in a pasture, chickens with extremely poor body conditions in wire pens, and an overweight potbellied pig with overgrown hooves. None of these animals had food or water.


ASP_4953“It’s just pitiful that a dog, or any kind of animal, would be treated this way…” said David Wood of the Morgan County Sheriff’s Department, “there is no water source for them.”
ARC documented all of the animals on the property and transported the dogs to the emergency shelter set up for this rescue, dubbed Operation Dire Straits, in Lebanon, TN, about 40 minutes east of Nashville. Each animal will receive a thorough veterinary exam, appropriate vaccinations, and any necessary medical treatment. The animals have been surrendered to Animal Rescue Corps. ARC will provide daily care until 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.


ASP_4989Animal Rescue Corps performed Operation Dire Straits in conjunction with the Morgan County Sheriff’s Department, Compassion in Action of Tennessee, Goofy Foot Dog Rescue, Small Breed Rescue of East Tennessee, and Redemption Road Rescue. Novamet Specialty Products in Lebanon has generously donated space to serve as the ARC emergency shelter.

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