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State Ranks High In Animal Rescue Operations

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by Janet Kim

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Abused and riddled with disease, nine animals were recently removed from their Middle Tennessee home. This rescue comes on the heels of another major animal rescue operation at a suspected Kentucky puppy mill.

Animal Rescue Corps has had seven rescue operations  in Tennessee since 2011, which beats out the number of rescues in all of Canada or a state as big as Texas,  where there have been three rescue operations.

The organization's president said it doesn't necessarily mean there is more abuse in Tennessee, but it means more people have their eyes open to it.

Nine dogs might be far away from home right now, but Jean Harrison with Big Fluffy Dog Rescue said the pups taken from Hickman County are now in a safer place.

"What you never get used to is watching a dog with no light in its eyes," said Harrison.

The animals are currently being nursed back to health at the Bellevue Animal Hospital, after rescuers said they were missing teeth and plagued with disease, parasites and fleas.

Just last month, more than 100 animals were rescued from an alleged puppy mill in Wayne County, Kentucky. Organizations like Animal Rescue Corps said they've had more rescue operations in Tennessee and its surrounding region more than any other place, but it isn't all a bad thing.

"Often times people see that our being in Tennessee being a negative, but it's a positive thing because we're cleaning things up," said ARC President Scotlund Haisley.  

Haisley believes the situation has to get better.

"Historically you look at the bad guys in our society and the serial killers and what not, you look back and they got started in animal cruelty," said Haisley.

In the Hickman County case, Big Fluffy Dog Rescue said it's working with prosecutors to press criminal charges against the owner. 

Animal Rescue Corps attributes the number of rescue operations to local law enforcement willing to report the abuse and work with rescue groups and volunteers.


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