GALLATIN, Tenn. (WKRN) — Dozens of dogs saved from a Kentucky home were brought to Middle Tennessee for rehabilitation. The rescue director told News 2 that in 13 years of saving animals, this is one of the worst cases he’s seen.
“This one had high ammonia levels, complete feces on every single surface, dead animals, children had been living in the home,” said Michael Cunningham, Shelter Director at Animal Rescue Corps.
Cunningham was describing the horrific conditions 44 dogs were living in when law enforcement and the Animal Rescue Corps saved them from a home in Casey County, Kentucky.
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Dubbed “Operation Frozen Sorrows”, dogs were found with maggots in their paws; three dogs were found dead; and two of the deceased dogs were completely frozen in weather that hovered in the teens.
“It had already started to spit snow,” said Cunningham. “We were notified by law enforcement and social media. This came in from all directions because it was quite a serious event up there. The sheriff’s department didn’t have any humane options.”
“These are all the dogs from that lady’s house. All of these dogs here,” said Cunningham, showing us the massive room where the dogs were being nursed back to health.
Daisy is one of the 44 rescued. Cunningham said she likely wasn’t fed for weeks and needs to gradually gain as much as 30 pounds.
“You can see every rib, every vertebra, all the way down through her tail. She has no fat reserves and she probably wouldn’t have made it another day.”
Daisy and the 43 other dogs were rescued last week and, Cunningham said, they’re already starting to turn a corner. Once they’re healthy again, they will be sent to other states for adoption and, hopefully, a new life in a safe home.
“They are responding very quickly to the medications, love, and food…I’m seeing a lot of eyes brightening up; their coats starting to fill out,” said Cunningham. “I got a lot of tail wags and happy dogs in there today.”
Animal Rescue Corps is volunteer-based. If you are interested, you can learn more here.
If you want to donate supplies, they also have an Amazon and a Chewy wish list.