NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A full scale rescue operation was once again underway Tuesday at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds.
Nearly 150 were getting nursed back to health after rescue teams seized them Tuesday night from a puppy mill in Warren County.
Officials expected to spend some $65,000 on the rescue mission taking place at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds.
Rescue workers and Veterinarians spent Wednesday treating the dogs for missing teeth, infections, dehydration and malnourishment.
"We get to reach into these cages into the darkness and be the first loving touch for these animals who have been breeding for years. We get to pull them into the light and make them the promise that their suffering has ended forever and there's no greater reward than that," Animal Rescue Corps President Scotlund Haisley said.
On Tuesday night, the Animal Rescue Corps along with the Warren County District Attorney's Office seized more than 125 dogs from an alleged Warren County puppy mill.
Officials said the ammonia levels were so high, that hazmat teams had to clear the air before rescue workers went inside.
Once they did, they said they found most of the animals standing in filth, in deplorable conditions. Several live dogs were found living in a cage with dead ones.
On Wednesday, Veterinarians from the Animal House Clinic in Nashville assessed and treated every dog.
"There's definitely a sad portion to this to see what these animals have been through is devastating but I try not to reflect on that. I try to reflect on the good things that will come for them," Dr. Catrina Herd said.
The hope is to adopt the animals through local agencies, but first this case has to go to court. A custody hearing is scheduled for next week.
Rescue workers warned that 99 percent of the dogs you see for sale in pet stores were raised at puppy mills just like the one they raided Tuesday.
In the meantime, if you want to help out, the Animal Rescue Corps is in need of volunteers, money blankets and towels. Visit www.animalrescuecorps.org for more information.