Very big dogs!
But then everything changed for Bernice, and, in turn, she changed the lives of a whole lot of chihuahuas.
Last summer, ARC was contacted by a Tennessee sheriff. His officers had just located a scene of appalling cruelty: over 600 animals on a property where the property-dwellers even kept their own child caged. When we arrived, it was a heartbreaking scene. Your help powered us through it.
Odette lived in a wire kennel with other dogs. She couldn’t get adequate exercise, let alone the joy of walks or runs. She had no bed, no relief from cold rain or sweltering heat. Waste surrounded her and its smells overwhelmed her sensitive nose. If and when they were fed, food was thrown in from above, and she and her cage-mates would have to fight for what they were given. They never knew when another meal might come. They didn’t know that humans could also be kind. Most were terrified. This was Operation Caged Hell.
Because of your help, ARC rescued well over 600 animals that day. 65 were dogs, many of whom were chihuahuas. We brought them back to ARC’s Rescue Operation Center to provide them with physical, medical, and social care, and documented the cruelty, providing expert evidence packages to the sheriff’s office for legal proceedings.