Animal Rescue Corps (ARC), a national non-profit headquartered in Washington, D.C., performed its third rescue operation in Tennessee in just over two weeks, partnering with the Gibson County Sheriff’s Department on June 8.
Seventeen animals were sent to the ARC Emergency Shelter, from this rescue dubbed Operation June Bug. Ten dogs were surrendered from a back-yard-breeder living in a dilapidated mobile home, and seven kittens, found in distress, were removed from a neighboring property
Eight Pit Bull type dogs, including six puppies, and two Chihuahuas were found living amongst debris and garbage on a property in a residential neighborhood of Trenton. Both adult Pit Bull type dogs, one of which was chained to a tree in the front of the property, appeared malnourished. All of the animals were suffering from internal and external parasites and other conditions symptomatic of neglect. Additionally, seven kittens, found at a neighboring property, were also removed. All of the kittens were exhibiting signs of distress, upper respiratory infections, external parasites and one kitten had suffered an apparent injury resulting in the partial loss of a leg leaving an open wound with bone exposed.
“This is the third time we’ve worked in this county with Sheriff Thomas in the past couple of years.” said Animal Rescue Corps President Scotlund Haisley. “He doesn’t hesitate to take action and protect all innocent victims of abuse and neglect in his community, including animals.”
This case began when ARC received a tip from a concerned citizen who purchased a dog from the breeder and was shocked by the conditions in the trailer. ARC sent an undercover investigator to the property and obtained legal photographic evidence, which was presented to Thomas on June 7.
“We are once again grateful to have ARC as a resource available to our department.” Thomas said. “Their expertise and professionalism is a real asset to law enforcement and at no cost to our community.”
Thomas said the animal owners surrendered the pets willingly. He will present the ARC report to the district attorney, but he does not expect charges to be filed, he said.
Each animal rescued through Operation June Bug will receive a thorough veterinary exam, appropriate vaccinations, and any necessary medical treatment. ARC will provide daily care until the animals are placed with approved shelter and rescue organizations around the country that will ultimately adopt them into loving homes.
For more information about Animal Rescue Corps, visit animal rescuecorps.org.