The Animal Rescue Corp have assisted the sheriff in rescuing over 85 puppies from a home in Manchester, Tennessee. There were dogs of multiple breeds, including Yorkshire Terriers, Golden Retrievers and even Border Collies, left in complete darkness and in horrendous conditions. Dogs were kept in rusted crates and shut away in a barn with no windows and they were soaked in their own faeces. A wheelbarrow full of ten dead dogs was taken out of the property and disposed of, and reports state that they could have been dead for some time. When the sheriff arrived on the premises, it was clear that they would need some assistance in removing the dogs and the ACR were the only people who could help them to document the scene as well as removing the animals safely. The ACR drove all night long in an attempt to get there on time and they were shocked when they saw the state that these animals were living in. Some of the cases were rusted shut because they had been left so long and many of the animals were kept in shanty wooden stalls as well. Even though they were devastated when they found the ten dead dogs, they were pleased to rescue 85 of them as well as four cats. The animals all received emergency care and they have hopes that they will be placed in adoptive homes.
This property was a puppy mill, where the breeding animals are kept in horrendous conditions. The ARC estimate that there are over 15,000 puppy mills in the US and thousands of dogs suffer each and every day. The dogs are forced to produce litter after litter and the owners generally have no regard for the health of the puppies themselves. Puppy mills like this one often contribute to the dogs found in pet shops and newspaper listings, so now it is more important than ever to stress how important it is to understand what these dogs go through on a daily basis. It is hard to believe that millions of puppies in mills get purchased every year, yet sheltered dogs are often euthanized because they cannot find proper hones for them. A lot of the dogs in shelters are also incredible dogs who just can’t find a home, and they are there through no fault of their own. The problem is however that there is a lot of stigma associated with sheltered dogs and so they are often left there for years without an owner. Although we can’t stop the puppy mill business entirely, by being aware, we can then begin to cut down on the amount of dogs that endure this type of suffering every single day.
Every one of the animals will undergo an exam and they will be given the right vaccinations in order to keep them healthy. They will also perform daily checkups with the hopes that they will be re-homed at a later date. It is shocking to think how someone could do something like this, but at the end of the day, they are safe and sound and in proper care so hopefully someone will take it upon themselves to adopt these puppies and give them a real home.
What do you think of the ARC rescue? Did you know that these puppy mills were such a huge problem? Have you ever seen what a puppy mill looks like before? Let us know in your comments below.