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.