Pandemic impacts animal rescue operations

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Posted at 9:31 PM, Feb 26, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-27 00:04:49-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — A total of sixteen dogs and cats are recovering after being saved from horrible conditions at a home in Giles County.

However, while still successful, this rescue operation looked a little different due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

"This time we had to really think, how can we be safe?" said Laura Baker, Executive Director of the Nashville Humane Association. "Not only for the animals, but for ourselves."

Baker joined members of Giles County Animal Control, Lincoln and Giles County Sheriff's Departments and Lucky Cat Rescue in the operation. They were called to a home in Giles County on Thursday. They found 10 dogs and 6 cats living in horrible conditions. One dog was also found dead on the property.

"There were inches of filth and debris," said Baker. "There was no food, no water, and no shelter for the animals."

Baker said the number of people involved in the rescue operation was reduced to allow for social distancing. The group's strategy was mapped out from a distance, and masks and temperature checks were required of all participants.

"Normally, we would be scene for an hour," said Baker. "I think we were there for three hours this time because we had less folks helping."

The dogs are settling in at Nashville Humane Association and some are starting to come out of their shells. Baker said it could take a couple of months before the dogs are ready to be adopted into homes. Currently, they are being monitored for health issues, getting necessary vaccinations and receiving food and water. They will be placed with foster families before going up for adoption.

Kenneth Wayne Eddins, 70, was arrested by Giles County deputies on charges of aggravated animal cruelty and cruelty to animals.

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