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ANIMAL RESCUE CORPS AND TATE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT RESCUE NEARLY 200 ANIMALS FROM A PUPPY MILL

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Senatobia, MS,– Animal Rescue Corps (ARC) assisted the Tate County Sheriff’s Department and Animal Control yesterday in the rescue of more than 170 animals found living in extremely neglectful conditions on a property in Senatobia, MS, about 30 minutes south of Memphis, TN. All of the animals were seized by the Tate County Sheriff’s Department.

 

Approximately 100 dogs, including litters of puppies and pregnant dogs, 1 donkey, 12 cats, including kittens, 50 chickens, 2 turkeys, 3 parrots and 6 rabbits were found without adequate food, water, or shelter. They were running loose around the overgrown property, held in dilapidated pens strewn throughout, and in filthy conditions inside barn rooms, in the property owners’ house and in an abandoned country store on an adjacent property. The animals were all extremely dirty and unnamed (1)suffering from heavy infestations of internal and external parasites such as fleas, ticks and worms. Many adults and puppies were suffering from alopecia and anemia as a result of their heavy flea and tick infestations. Some of the animals were emaciated and suffering from malnutrition, at least one puppy was in critical condition and had to be rushed to a near-by clinic, and all of the cats had upper respiratory and eye infections. The remains of several animals were also found around the property.

 

unnamed (2)“These animals have endured extreme suffering for a very, very long time.” said ARC President Scotlund Haisley. “These animals didn’t have a minute to spare.  They were not surviving here, they were dying here. But all of that ends today and we won’t leave this place without taking every animal with us to our emergency shelter.”

 

The planning for this rescue began when ARC received a tip of a suspected puppy mill and contacted the Tate County Sheriff’s Department. An undercover investigation provided clear violations of local and state laws.

 

unnamed (4)“This county takes all cases of abuse and cruelty very seriously,” said Tate County Sheriff Brad Lance. “The evidence presented showed clear violations of state laws and we didn’t hesitate to act.”

 

ARC documented the property and the animals and safely transported them to an emergency shelter set up for this rescue, dubbed Operation Dog Days of Summer. Each animal will receive a thorough veterinary exam, appropriate vaccinations, and any necessary medical treatment. ARC will provide daily care until legal custody of the animals is determined and the animals can be 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.

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Animal Rescue Corps performed Operation Dog Days of Summer in conjunction w ith the Tate County Sheriff’s Department, Tate County Animal Control, The Bissell Pet Foundation provided a critical grant to fund this operation, Tunica Humane Society provided transport and logistical support, Redemption Road Rescue provided equine services, transport and shelter. Snowden Grove Animal Hospital and Four Paws Animal Health Center provided veterinary services.

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