(July 18, 2014) – RedRover, a California-based nonprofit organization, is deploying volunteers to arrive this weekend to provide emergency animal sheltering for an estimated 357 dogs and puppies rescued from neglectful and unsanitary conditions on a private property in Cherokee County, Georgia.


RedRover was asked to assist the Cherokee County Animal Shelter to safely shelter and provide daily care to the 357 rescued dogs and puppies that were seized Tuesday.

When local authorities arrived on the property they found a variety of small breed dogs, including Pomeranians, dachshunds and Chihuahuas. Dogs were found on the unlicensed kennel property housed in cages in unsanitary and filthy condition. Once seized, the dogs were transported to the Cherokee County Animal Shelter for evaluation and care.

RedRover Responders volunteers are traveling from surrounding states and parts of Georgia to care for the rescued animals at the temporary shelter. RedRover has nearly 3,000 active volunteers in the United States and Canada and provides its services free of charge to the community. Distinguished by their red shirts, RedRover Responders volunteers are specially trained to care for and shelter large numbers of animals after they have been rescued from cruelty and neglect. RedRover Responders volunteers provide the workforce which enables local animal control and law enforcement agencies to respond to large-scale animal cruelty cases.

“RedRover’s volunteer team is recognized nationally for its ability to give neglected and abused animals loving human contact, often for the first time in their lives,” said RedRover President and CEO Nicole Forsyth. “RedRover’s free emergency sheltering services support local agencies that otherwise might not be able to respond to such large animal cruelty cases due to lack of resources and staff.”

All of the animals are currently being housed at the shelter location where they will be examined by veterinarians and receive any necessary immediate medical care. According to Cherokee County Marshal’s Office, the case is still considered a criminal investigation and the animals are not available for adoption at this time. RedRover Responders volunteers, along with the Cherokee County Animal Shelter and other local volunteers will care for the animals until they are made available for adoption.

RedRover works to end puppy mills by educating the public about what life is like inside a puppy mill through their “Opt to Adopt” campaign. Learn more about RedRover’s work to care for dogs rescued from puppy mills and prevent future animal suffering at RedRover.org/puppymills.

About RedRover
Founded in 1987, the mission of RedRover is to bring animals out of crisis and strengthen the bond between people and animals through emergency sheltering, disaster relief services, financial assistance and education. Learn more at RedRover.org.

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