Firefighters found more than they bargained for when responding to a Thanksgiving 2012 brush fire report at a residence in Ashland City, Tenn. Upon their arrival, they discovered numerous dogs chained around the property, many without access to food or water. Fire officials notified Cheatham County Animal Control (CCAC) officials, who quickly realized that the sheer number of dogs needing immediate assistance required additional resources.
CCAC turned to officials and volunteers with Animal Rescue Corps (ARC), New Leash on Life and Agape Animal Rescue for assistance. Together, in a rescue efforts dubbed "Operation Broken Chain", 65 dogs were rescued from the property. Further investigation by officials reveled the presence of a treadmill, fighting pen, and a spring pole used for strengthening dogs' jaws, all signs of a dog fighting site.
Since that November day, the dogs from "Operation Broken Chain" have gotten a new chance at life, receiving much needed vet care, living in loving, warm foster homes, and getting their first chance to run free.
One of the dogs in foster care is Ellie May. In the care of Agape Animal Rescue foster volunteer, Lauren Slatery, Ellie May gave birth to seven hound puppies a week after being rescued, puppies who will never have to know the horror that Ellie May experienced. Slatery called Ellie May a sweet and happy dog, telling WZTV:
She is the sweetest dog you'll ever meet. Her tail is going non-stop. I think she's sleeping and her tail is wagging.
Samantha, a 14-week-old pit bull puppy who was also rescued during "Operation Broken Chain," is being fostered by Agape Animal Rescue volunteer, Kayce Hackett. Samantha is described as being very smart, having already learned some verbal commands and being house broken, she is also friendly towards other dogs and cats. She is playful and inquisitive and loves being outdoors. Hackett told WZTV:
She is just a bundle of joy. She loves to play.
Ellie May and Samantha are just two examples of how dogs from "Operation Broken Chain" are getting a second chance. Thanks to the efforts of ARC and Agape Animal Rescue, these dog now have the change to live a life filled with the love and care they deserve.
If you would like to help the "Operation Broken Chain" dogs, you can make a donation at the ARC website.