54 cats, dogs rescued from Henderson County home

Posted at 5:37 PM, Feb 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-19 18:38:33-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — A nonprofit rescued a total of 54 cats and dogs from a home in Henderson County in which volunteers say they were living in "deplorable conditions."

Henderson county authorities called the Animal Rescue Corps (ARC) to respond to the home.

They rescued 40 dogs and 14 cats. Volunteers said the animals were found in dilapidated enclosures, running loose around the trash-strewn property, and in the home located in west Tennessee. Many of the dogs exhibited signs of severe mange, fur loss, internal and external parasites, eye infections, and several with open wounds.

Extremely high ammonia levels in the home required rescuers to wear protective respirators before they could enter. All of the animals have been surrendered to Animal Rescue Corps by the homeowner.

“With temperatures dropping to the low twenties, these dogs could die from exposure,” said ARC Executive Director, Tim Woodward. “Their body conditions are poor and they're suffering from mange, leaving them without any protection from the cold. Time was of the essence.”

The animals were taken to the ARC rescue operation center in Lebanon. The Henderson County rescue was the third rescue operation this week, bringing the total number of animals rescued and being cared for to 105.