Feb 14, 2012 3:28 PM
Animal Rescue Corps (ARC) assisted Kentucky's Graves County Sheriff's Office Tuesday in the rescue of approximately 100 dogs who were found to be living in deplorable conditions at a dog rescue organization in Wingo, KY. All of the dogs were seized by the Graves County Sheriff's Office.
When responders arrived on the scene they found various breeds and sizes of dogs including hound mixes, Poodles, Cocker Spaniels, Maltese, Pomeranians, a Rottweiler and many other breeds running loose among piles of debris and living in crowded, dilapidated pens and small filthy cages in several buildings on the property. There were dead dogs and dog bones scattered throughout the property and dogs consuming the remains. There were also several dog bodies found in burn piles.
"This is one of the worst cases of animal abuse I have seen," said Animal Rescue Corps President Scotlund Haisley. "The dogs had no access to food, water, or shelter. They were eating each other to stay alive."
This case began nearly a year ago when ARC was tipped off by an informant that a non-profit organization set up to rescue dogs was abusing them. After several months of diligent investigation evidence of cruelty was collected on the property. This included a dead dog whose necropsy revealed it had been starved to death, which is a violation of county and state cruelty laws. This evidence was brought to the Graves County Sheriff who obtained a search and seizure warrant.
"Graves County takes allegations of animal abuse very seriously," said Sheriff Dewayne Redmon. "We did not hesitate when Animal Rescue Corps brought us the information necessary to take action."
ARC is removing all of the animals, dead and alive, from the property and transporting them to an emergency shelter set up at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds. The animals will receive veterinary exams, vaccinations and any necessary medical treatments by a team of local veterinarians. ARC will provide daily care until custody of the animals is determined and animals can be placed with shelters and rescue groups.
Animal Rescue Corps performed this rescue, dubbed Operation Sweethearts, in conjunction with Ady Gil World Conservation, who provided funds and PetSmart Charities®, who donated many of the supplies to make this rescue possible. Additional support was provided by Bowling Green Humane Society and Holistic Pet Source.