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18 Dogs Rescued From Smith County Property

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SMITH COUNTY, Tenn. – Eighteen dogs were rescued from a property in Smith County on Thursday.

The Animal Rescue Corps along with other agencies found the medium to large mixed breed dogs in trailers full of feces at the property in Elmwood. The dogs were underweight, and infested with fleas and ticks.

"The suffering was significant out on this property," said Scotlund Haisley with ARC. "Old skeletons and remains of animals lost on the property just strewn throughout the property."

Several dogs were also chained or in pens outside or loose on the property surrounded by trash and bones from deceased dogs, with no protection from the elements.

Officials said the owner had been unable to properly care for the dogs, who were unsterilized and breeding, for several years. A relative called the New Leash On Life animal shelter in Lebanon for help on May 29 when the owner was hospitalized. The animal shelter then called ARC.

"I immediately knew that we were going to have to have help," said Amy Haverstick with New Leash On Life.

Scotlund and Haverstick agree better animal cruelty laws, mental help for hoarders and counties that fund animal control programs will help curb this never ending problem across the state.

The dogs were taken to a temporary shelter in Lebanon, where they will be nursed back to health before placement with adoptive homes.

Because the dogs were voluntarily surrendered they should be available for adoption soon after passing veterinary and temperament test. That information will be posted on ARC's website: http://animalrescuecorps.org/

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