On Thursday, a massive rescue effort took place on a property in Senatobia, Mississippi. According to a press release from Animal Rescue Corps (ARC), more than 170 animals were saved from deplorable conditions at what is believed to be a puppy mill.
ARC President Scotlund Haisley commented on the suffering the animals had been enduring at the suspected puppy mill operation:
“These animals have endured extreme suffering for a very, very long time. These animals didn’t have a minute to spare. They were not surviving here, they were dying here. But all of that ends today and we won’t leave this place without taking every animal with us to our emergency shelter.”
The animals rescued include approximately 100 dogs, including puppies and pregnant dogs, a dozen cats and kittens, a donkey, parrots, dozens of chickens and two turkeys. Haisley described the pitiful situation, which he stated was “heartcrushing,” to Local Memphis News, “We’re finding animals in every nook and cranny on this property. We’re finding them in small tires, tiny wire hutches. We’re finding them in larger pens. We’re finding some loose. We’re finding some locked in closets.”
The massive rescue effort, which came to fruition after ARC received a tip about a suspected puppy mill operation, was conducted jointly by ARC, the local sheriff’s office and the local animal control. Tate County Sheriff Brad Lance stated, “This county takes all cases of abuse and cruelty very seriously. The evidence presented showed clear violations of state laws and we didn’t hesitate to act.”
All of the animals, which are suffering from a multitude of maladies including parasite infestation, anemia, malnutrition, respiratory infections and more, were removed from the property and taken to an emergency shelter where they will be examined and provided with veterinary care.
The property owner, a woman whose name has not yet been released, is cooperating with the local authorities. After legal custody of the animals has been determined, the authorities will likely file charges.
Animal Rescue Corps performed Operation Dog Days of Summer in conjunction with the Tate County Sheriff’s Department and Tate County Animal Control. The Bissell Pet Foundation provided a critical grant to fund this operation. Tunica Humane Society provided transport and logistical support and Redemption Road Rescue provided equine services, transport and shelter. Snowden Grove Animal Hospital and Four Paws Animal Health Center provided veterinary services.
(Photos contributed by ARC)