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100 Dogs Saved From Abusive Animal Rescue Group (Slides)

100 Dogs Saved From Abusive Animal Rescue Group (Slides)

Nearly 100 dogs were found abused and in deplorable condition at the site of an animal rescue group in Wingo, Kentucky that was set up to save them and give them a chance for a new life.

Animal Rescue Corps (ARC) assisted Kentucky’s Graves County Sheriff’s Office in the rescue effort called “Operation Sweethearts.”

When rescuers 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. ARC reported that some of the dogs were so hungry they had begun consuming the remains of those that had died.

“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.”

The case began when ARC received a tip that a non-profit organization set up to rescue dogs was abusing them. After several months of investigation, evidence was brought to the sheriff who obtained a warrant to seize the dogs.

“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.”

All of dogs were transported 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.

ARC’s rescue effort worked in conjunction with Ady Gil World Conservation, who provided funds and PetSmart Charities who donated many of the supplies. Additional support was provided by Bowling Green Humane Society and Holistic Pet Source.

ARC rescue team searching for animal remains.

Dogs were found living among canines that starved to death.

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9:25AM PDT on May 14, 2015

Those people need to be KILLED.

7:40AM PST on Feb 5, 2015

How horrible.

4:32PM PST on Dec 15, 2014

Why would it take so long to investigate this? It blows my mind when I hear that investigations go on for months before somebody finally steps in and helps animals that are living in deplorable conditions.

5:46PM PDT on Apr 16, 2014

I don't understand why people are so cruel to animals. Animal abusers should never be forgiven and they should pay the ultimate price for their cruelty

1:33PM PDT on Jul 21, 2013

I thank the true honesty of the people that are in this world that have gone out and helped these animals with pure intentions, I think that if not for you the planet and all its life would be done for,i will never give up the fight, never.....

1:30PM PDT on Jul 21, 2013

Dogs running loose like this, consuming dead dog to survive, may not be socialized anymore. That can pose problems for possible adoptions - these dogs became pack and unfortunately may not be saved - they can't be around other dogs and many times are put down because trainers can't resocialize them. This makes the story even worse.

1:24PM PDT on Jul 21, 2013

This is abuse at its worst, these dogs would have done better if they were on the street, Its be owned sad well its criminal when these people say they are going to help and all along this is happening, I have said it before and will say it again unforchantly that the human species can be deplorable, I hope that these scumbags are treated with the same kind of care that they put on these most innocent of dogs....

1:27PM PDT on May 19, 2013

Terrible! Thank you for sharing.

10:14AM PDT on Apr 26, 2013

This is beyond ridiculous and to me supporting animal abuse when they have to do all the paperwork first!! The poor animals are continuously being abused while the decision making is going on???? That's ludicrous and TOTALLY UNNECESSARY! Get the animals out of there FIRST, the damn paperwork can be done LATER! Come on, people, what more does it have to take before our animals are treated just as well as humans. Animals are kinder than people, show them the same respect.

9:55AM PDT on Apr 26, 2013

Hope residents near this prison camp don't allow this ever to happen again!

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