On June 6, 2013, officials with Animal Rescue Corps (ARC) rescued 18 dogs from hazardous conditions at a Smith County, Tenn., home.
According to rescuers, the dog owner had not been able to properly care for the animals and a family member called Lebanon animal shelter New Leash on Life when the owner was recently hospitalized.
Once New Leash on Life arrived at the property and evaluated the conditions, ARC was called to assist.
“Animal Rescue Corps does not hesitate to respond when we get a call for assistance from one of our partners in Tennessee,” said ARC President Scotlund Haisley. “Smith County does not have an animal services resource so New Leash on Life stepped up to assist and Animal Rescue Corps is helping bridge that gap between the animals’ needs and the necessary resources.”
On the premises were medium to large mixed breed dogs who were kept in feces-laden trailers. The level of ammonia fumes in the air where the dogs were kept was dangerously high. Many of the rescued dogs were underweight and all dogs were infested with fleas and ticks.
“This case was more than this community and our resources could handle at once and these dogs needed help immediately,” said New Leash on Life Director Amy Haverstick. “We quickly came together to collectively give them the chance to get the treatment they need to be healthy and happy and to get adopted.”
All 18 dogs are now under ARC care. The animals will get medical attention and will be placed and transported to area shelters for adoption.