According to Saturday's ABC 6 News, a rescue agency in Tennessee was raided on Saturday and dozens of animals were rescued from conditions described as "deplorable."
The animals had been in the care of the rescue agency, The Puppy Patch Rescue Group. According to WBIR News, one of the rescue agency's owners was arrested and charged with 63 counts of animal cruelty; an arrest warrant has been issued for the other rescue agency owner.
Dogs discovered at the residence were said to be living in cramped, filthy crates; many were allegedly denied access to food and water.
Animal Rescue Corps (ARC) President Scotlund Haisley said:
These animals have been living in a house of horrors, with an overwhelming stench of ammonia and an unbelievable build up of feces all over,
These animals have endured tremendous suffering and it ends today.”
According to ARC, many of the dogs were underweight and suffering from diarrhea, conjunctivitis and parasites.
The rescued animals were transported to an alternate, emergency shelter where they will receive veterinary care. After custody is determined, the dogs will likely be placed up for adoption.
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