When responders arrived at the property, they found approximately 110 medium to large dogs, including various mixes of breeds such as Shepherds, Chows, Terriers, Labradors, and Rottweilers.
NASHVILLE – Animal Rescue Corps assisted Wilson County Animal Control today in the rescue of more than 100 dogs who were living in deplorable conditions on a property about an hour east of Nashville in Lebanon.
This situation, which started with eight unsterilized dogs two decades ago, devolved into a case of hoarding – the largest ever addressed in Wilson County.
When responders arrived at the property, they found approximately 110 medium to large dogs, including various mixes of breeds such as Shepherds, Chows, Terriers, Labradors, and Rottweilers, living in feces-laden ramshackle pens with no doors. The dogs only had dilapidated wooden boxes and rusted-through metal bins to use as housing.
“The temperatures in Tennessee have been brutal lately and these dogs have had no shaded relief from the sun or any clean water, the conditions are extremely crowded and unsanitary, and therefore unsafe.” said ARC Tennessee State Liaison Peg Petrelli. “One dog so far has been found dead and the evidence suggests many have not survived this harsh environment.”
Many of the dogs rescued have been affected by medical conditions such as mange, broken legs, bone disorders, conjunctivitis, and blindness resulting from their living conditions and the absence of daily care and medical attention. Many are also un-socialized to humans and very shy because of their lack of individualized attention. All of the animals were surrendered to Wilson County Animal Control.
"We owe our deepest gratitude to the ARC team; without their expertise, assistance and resources this large scale rescue would not have been possibly." said Wilson County Animal Control Director Mary Burger. “We are grateful Animal Rescue Corps is finally giving these dogs the care they deserve.”
ARC President Scotlund Haisley noted “Hoarding is a form of animal cruelty affecting hundreds of thousands of animals annually in the U.S. These victims of abuse can suffer for many years, often hidden and unnoticed.”
In this rescue dubbed Operation Freedom Dogs, ARC is safely removing all of the animals and transporting them to an emergency shelter set up at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds in Nashville. Each animal will receive a veterinary exam, appropriate vaccinations and any necessary immediate medical treatment by a team of local veterinarians. ARC will provide daily care until the animals can be placed with shelters and rescue groups.
Animal Rescue Corps performed this rescue in conjunction with: Wilson County Animal Control, Ady Gil World Conservation, The Tennessee State Fairgrounds, Wilson County Emergency Management and New Leash on Life.