The nearly 100 dogs rescued from a Gibson County puppy mill last week are finally on their way to local shelters and rescue centers.
Animal Rescue Corps saved the animals on Nov. 5 and has been caring for them since.
They were found living in deplorable and neglectful conditions at a breeding facility at a home in Gibson County, which is two hours west of Nashville.
SLIDESHOW: Dogs rescued from puppy mill
Animal Rescue Corps President, Scotlund Haisely said, “Just a week ago I was reaching into a cage and watching these guys as they were declining and I looked into their eyes and promised them their suffering has ended forever. And today we’ve fulfilled that commitment that they’ll all be home for the holidays.”
The property owner, 47-year-old Laura Morris, was charged with 95 counts of animal cruelty. She surrendered all of the dogs to the ARC.
All of the dogs have been nursed back to health through proper medical care and grooming.
“We’ve treated all of the elements of neglect, cruelty. We’ve brought them back to life,” Haisely explained. “The only last procedure they require now is a spay or neuter, and once those spay/neuters are done, our placement partners will have them up for adoption. And I believe many of these dogs will be up for adoption as early as this weekend.”
They range in age from one week to 10-years-old. Most are small breed dogs like Yorkshire Terriers, Shih Tzus, Lhasa Apsos, Toy Poodles, Boston Terriers, and Chihuahuas.
They will be placed with different shelters in Tennessee, Virginia, Maryland, Alabama and Florida.
The organizations taking dogs in Tennessee are:
- Agape Animal Rescue
- New Leash on Life
- Nashville Pittie
- Goofy Foot Dog Rescue
- Small Breed Rescue of East Tennessee
For more information about puppy mills and Animal Rescue Corps, visit www.animalrescuecorps.org.