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)

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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.

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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.