WILDERSVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — More than 30 dogs were rescued Friday from living in the woods of Natchez Trace State Park in Wildersville, Tennessee, about 120 miles northeast of Memphis.
A man had been living outdoors for 16 years and recently, after health issues, accepted the help of the community and the Animal Rescue Corps to find homes for the dogs and himself.
The dogs were running loose in a pack and were living outdoors.
The ARC said three of the dogs had serious leg injuries, some had broken teeth, ticks, lacerations, parasites and none of them had been vaccinated.
“Members of the community have been working with this man to improve his way of life and this rescue is part of it,” said ARC President Scotlund Haisley.
“He wasn’t going to abandon the dogs and accept the help for himself without first finding a group to take the dogs. We are very glad to be able to assist.”
ARC took the dogs to an emergency shelter in Lebanon that was set up for this rescue.
The animals will receive a veterinary exam, vaccinations and medical treatments. ARC will give the dogs daily care until the animals are placed with another shelter and start the journey to forever homes.