More than 50-Animals Rescued from Neglectful Conditions in LaVergne, TN

Mar 24, 2023 at 03:22 pm by WGNS News

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LaVergne, Tenn – Animal Rescue Corps (ARC), a national animal protection nonprofit, rescued 48 dogs and 5 cats today from desperate hoarding conditions at a trailer in La Vergne, Tenn., about 20 miles Southeast of Nashville, Tenn., after receiving a call for assistance from the SPCA of Tennessee. All of the animals were surrendered to Animal Rescue Corps. 

When ARC responders arrived, they found 2 large dogs chained in the yard, 3 small dogs kept in a shed, 4 small dogs kept outdoors in a raccoon trap, 39 living in small feces-filled crates and some running loose inside the home. One of the many feces-filled small wire cages had 10 small dogs crammed inside it. Another senior dog named Button was living alone inside a small and dirty cat carrier.

Because of the lack of veterinary care and the unsanitary, inhumane living conditions, the animals are suffering from a range of medical issues, including high ammonia exposure, severe and painful dental disease, hernias, mammary tumors, overgrown nails, fur loss, skin inflammation, ear and eye infections and injuries, and internal and external parasites (including worms and fleas). The dogs also show signs of severe overcrowding; before help arrived at the property this weekend, a dead dog had been killed by her cage-mates inside one of the cages.  

“I’m so glad we were able to respond so quickly,” said Tim Woodward, ARC’s Executive Director. “These animals were in desperate need and couldn’t wait another day.”

The planning for this rescue, dubbed Operation Daylight Save, began yesterday when the SPCA of Tennessee reached out to ARC for assistance after visiting the property. ARC immediately began assembling tactical equipment and a field team and preparing their facility for the incoming animals. Animal Rescue Corps managed the safe extraction of every animal.

ARC transported all of the animals to ARC’s Rescue Center in Gallatin, Tenn., about 30 minutes east of Nashville. Each animal is receiving a thorough veterinary exam, appropriate vaccinations, and any necessary medical treatments until they are matched and transported to trusted shelter and rescue partner organizations that will ultimately adopt them into loving homes. ARC will publish its list of shelter and rescue placement partners on its Facebook page once the animals are transferred to these groups. 


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