February 3rd, 2011
|This dog’s fur is so severely matted
that only the tongue and shiny nose
prove this is the face of a dog
This case began when an anonymous tipper contacted the sheriff about the welfare of the dogs. The Tennessee Department of Health’s Animal Welfare Division also found violations of cruelty laws at the facility during a routine inspection. When rescuers from UAN, The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and Marshall County Sheriff’s Department arrived on scene this morning they found 98 dogs, mostly poodles and other small breeds, living crowded amongst their own feces in small wire enclosures.
|UAN volunteers are on hand to give
love and care to the rescued dogs
|Thank you, EARS volunteers!|
|Suzie with one of the
three large breed dogs
This is the third time in 15 months that UAN has deployed volunteers to care for animals rescued from cruelty situations in Tennessee. In April, 2010, UAN sent 18 volunteers to care for more than 200 neglected dogs in Sparta. In November 2009, UAN sent more than 50 volunteers to Nashville to care for 84 horses who had been rescued from near starvation in Cannon County. In the last two years, UAN volunteers sheltered and cared for approximately 2,925 animals rescued from twelve puppy mills in the U.S. and Canada. A puppy mill is a large-scale breeding operation where animals are housed in unlawful conditions without proper food, water, socialization and veterinary care. Dogs bred in puppy mills are typically sold at pet stores, through classified advertisements and over the Internet.