BREAKING NEWS: ASPCA Removes 41 Dogs From Tennessee Shelter

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41 dogs were rescued July 20 by the ASPCA from horrendous conditions in Madison, Tenn (All photos: ASPCA)


The following announcement was just released by the ASPCA with regard to action taken on July 20:

The ASPCA is on the ground in Madison, Tennessee, assisting in the rescue and removal of 41 dogs from heartbreaking conditions at Happy Endings Animal Rescue, just eight miles north of Nashville.

Our responders moved in Tuesday at the request of Metro Animal Care and Control, who received numerous complaints about conditions at the self-described “no-kill” dog rescue. The animals—including Chow, pit bull, Shepherd mixes and more—were found living in filth inside an overcrowded house and outdoor kennels. One room alone held 22 dogs, with inches of feces covering the floor.

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“What we found here is horrific,” said Kathryn Destreza, Investigations Director for the ASPCA Field Investigations and Response team. “This facility claimed to be a safe place for animals, but the truth is these dogs were suffering greatly, both physically and emotionally.”

This is a sad story, particularly as the organization in question deemed itself a shelter when it appears that it was a hoarding situation.  Thankfully, the ASPCA was alerted and in coordination with local authorities able to remove the animals.


The ASPCA is seeking donations to support this and other situations on behalf of animals.  Please go to their website, ASPCA, for more details and to see how you can help.




7 thoughts on “BREAKING NEWS: ASPCA Removes 41 Dogs From Tennessee Shelter”

  1. Just another terrible story of animal abuse in this country. I’m not even sure how this goes undetected for
    so long when these places are listed as public shelter for animals. There needs to be some kind of agency to monitor these kind of places to ensure that the animals are properly fed and cared for until they can be adopted into good homes. Thank goodness someone cared enough about these dogs to report this abuse to authorities.

    • There are agencies for the exact purpose you’re describing. Unfortunately they’re severely underfunded and pretty much rely on donations,

  2. I am glad the ASPCA is in charge now.

    Everybody can “hate” those trying to save those from a definitive death sentence.
    I guess they have deep pockets with many resources.

    I cannot get upset with them for trying to save lives. It costs a ton of money and takes 24 hours a day to care for these animals. Hoarding is a problem, but I am never faulting someone for trying to help those without a voice.

    • ..its so so sad that many people treat animals as “disposable” and they dont make a life long commitment. That compounded with people not saying.neutering their pets and many other issues pet overpopulation is a serious problem.

      From what I understand it is fairly easy to get a 503c making it possible to become a non profit..and then get some cases its a hoarding situation or someone with hoarding tendencies..which in its self is an illness. Better education is needed about pet responsibility, pet care, pet behavior issues and spaying and neutering.

      Every animal shelter can use monetary donations along with volunteers and in kind donations (towels/cleaning supplies/newspaper/pet supplies, etc. Help them out if you can. Urge someone to get their pet them find a low cost resource, give them a ride if you can. Donate to Pet Food Pantries. Clip coupons for pet food and litter and give to a rescue or post on Craigslist/FreeCycle to give them away. Scan Craigslists and flag the breeder and backyard breeder posts. Help if you can.

  3. There are so many cases like this, it is becoming overwhelming. Certainly the rescue organizations are floundering under the weight, fiscal and otherwise, of caring for all these animals. The owners should have any assets seized or sold, to pay for the care of the animals they have so grossly mistreated. Perhaps then, when the result of their actions affects their own life and lifestyle, will they possibly realize the error of their ways.

  4. I lived in TN for 8 yrs, after growing up in NC – there is a HUGE dichotemy of humanity in and around central TN, which is confusing AND upsetting. On the positive side, TN has excellent spousal/child abuse laws and protection, with a lot of money put toward facilities and protection. The people you meet are 99% cheefrul and friendly, and I made some of the best friends I have ever had in my entire life, even after moving to Las Vegas 14 yrs ago we are still in each others’ lives! They have a great empathy for the homeless, and many places for them to obtain food, clothing and shelter, and if they have family or friends who will take them in, they get a pre-paid bus ticket and a companion home! Now for the not so good stuff: Animals (esp. back then were often treated like unwanted old newspapers. One of the WORST, most nightmarish things that was going on for years and years until back in 2001, when a German tourist came to visit friends and saw how unwanted animals were disposed of. As a photojournalist he started a firestorm of horror and anger across Europe, and the situation was at least partially fixed. And this system was that is you had a dog/puppy or cat/kittens that you didn’t want, there was a metal dumpster size box with a divider in the middle and slots to shove the animals through at every landfill, dump and outside all shelters! No food, no water, sometimes weeks between “checks” but the release doors were chained and padlocked shut. Once hitting desperation levels, they began eating each other (not to mention people paid no attention to which side was which. They would find a dead dog surrounded by mutilated cats, kittens or puppies. The German man discovered this as his friend dropped off a couch at the dump and there were screams and howls of distress from the “torture box”. He called the police, who didn’t care and told him he’d have to call the Animal Shelter in two days during their regular hours. The German and friend went home for a chain cutter and opened the back doors. both sides were about ten animals deep from the bottom, with a total of about 60 dogs and cats. Two puppies, one dog, 2 cats were still alive. When I found out about this, I started a local group for better policies, which helped some. But I am NOT the least bit surprised about this “rescue turned hoarder” – better than the alternative, I guess.


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