Earlier this month in Manchester, TN, Animal Rescue Corps drove for hours from Chicago to rescue 85 dogs and four cats from one of the worst living situations the team had ever seen.
Warning: these images are extremely difficult to look at, and not all of the dogs they found there made it out alive…but people need to become aware that things like this happen. All. The. Time.
Coffee County Sheriffs Office called on ARC for emergency reinforcement after they discovered multiple violations at this particular location.
All sorts of breeds were found living in total darkness…
Living in cages that had rusted shut and were covered in cobwebs, the animals were forced to exist in inches of their own excrement.
Rescue workers found a wheelbarrow full of dead dogs covered in maggots on the property.
Some of the dogs were so dirty that they were either unrecognizable or matted TO their cages.
Ammonia levels were dangerously high due to the absurd amount of urine the animals were living in.
These animals had given up the will to live…
But with the help of ARC and Coffee County Sheriff”s Office, they were immediately taken in and provided with emergency veterinary care.
Without ARC, documenting the scene and getting all the animals out in 12 hours would have been impossible…
Every minute was crucial and meant another life could be saved.
ARC set up an emergency shelter, and dubbed it Operation Midnight Run.
But they don”t stop there; the group will provide all necessary care until each and every animal is moved to an approved shelter or rescue organization in the country.
There, they”ll all be adopted into loving forever homes.
They”re receiving a lot of love and attention from the kind volunteers working on Operation Midnight Run.
These are probably the first instances of human kindness these animals have ever experienced.
…But they are certainly not the last.
I will warn you that this video brought me to tears:
(source Animal Rescue Corps)
American Dog Rescue, BISSELL Pet Foundation, New Leash On Life – Middle Tennessee Animal Welfare Organization in Lebanon, TN, and PetSmart Charities all provided crucial materials and funds to help make this rescue possible, and you can donate by clicking on their names. You can also donate to Animal Rescue Corps here to try and make it so no animal ever has to go through anything even close to this ever, EVER again.