WHITLEYVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Animal Rescue Corps (ARC) announced Wednesday they’ve helped rescue 20 dogs found abandoned on an “extremely dilapidated” property in Tennessee.
The property is in Whitleyville, about an hour and a half northeast of Nashville.
All of the dogs were surrendered by the person who left the dogs behind after moving off the property approximately two weeks ago.
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According to ARC, the small and medium mixed-breed dogs, including 2 puppies around 10 weeks old, were exposed to the elements.
They were running loose in and around several trailers on the property, which were covered in feces, broken glass, empty bottles and cans, broken furniture, metal sheeting, mattresses, tires, appliances and hazardous trash.
ARC says the dogs were all extremely dirty and dehydrated, suffering from eye and ear infections, respiratory issues, ear mites and mange.
“The dogs were In a dire situation,” volunteer Deb Barnes told News 2 on Thursday.
Their only water source was mostly frozen, dirty rainwater that had collected in broken buckets.
Three deceased dogs, one adult and two puppies, were found on the property and a veterinarian’s preliminary findings suggest that they likely died from exposure.
“The neglectful conditions were typical of hoarding, which is a compulsive emotional attachment to things or animals that often leads to a situation like this that causes immense suffering for both the animals and people involved,” said ARC President Scotlund Haisley.
“All of these abandoned animals are innocent victims and I commend the Clay County Sheriff’s Office for acting quickly and working with us to save livesm” Haisley added.
A concerned citizen called ARC after noticing the alleged and apparent neglect and abandonment.
“We take animal abuse very seriously in this county but don’t have the resources to do rescues like this,” said Clay County Sheriff Brandon Boone. “These animals desperately needed help so we didn’t hesitate to accept the assistance of Animal Rescue Corps and take action.”
The dogs were taken to an emergency shelter in Lebanon. Each will receive a thorough veterinary exam, appropriate vaccinations, and any necessary medical treatment.
ARC will provide daily care until the dogs are 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 dogs are transferred to these groups.
On Thursday, News 2 learned another 20 dogs that were hoarded and abandoned were brought in to the same emergency shelter from Hardiman County. ARC also conducted a third rescue in Hardin County. Click here to read about those cases and see photos from the rescue.