Lafayette, TN – A week ago we published a story about a homeless man that had to give up the 31 dogs that he was living with for 16 years in the forest. It was a sad story because he had to give up his family but his health was badly deteriorating and he did what was best for his dogs: make sure they will be cared for. The group that assisted in this rescue was Animal Rescue Corps and they made sure all the dogs were checked, vaccinated and treated. They are still providing daily care for them until they are placed with organizations that will find them forever homes.
The rescue of the 31 dogs of the homeless man was the fourth case of ARC’s “Operation Resolution”, in which they will assist multiple enforcement agencies in cases of animal neglect and abandonment. In 5 cases so far they have saved 131 animals. And we are now going to tell you about the fifth case of that operation: a rescue of 21 abandoned dogs in an old county store in Lafayette.
In this case, ARC was assisting Macon County Animal Control (MCAC). It was the owner of the building where the dogs were found, the one that contacted MCAC in the first place. He was about to serve an eviction notice to the man he rented the place to – who hadn’t paid for a year –, but the man was not there. Instead, there were 21 dogs in terrible conditions. After he contacted MCAC, they asked for ARC’s help with the case, since they don’t have enough resources for such a rescue.
Macon County Animal Control Officer Corey Lawrence said:
“We take animal abuse and neglect very seriously but lack the resources to do rescues like this. We only have 11 runs in our shelter and we’re already full. These animals desperately needed help so we didn’t hesitate to reach out to Animal Rescue Corps for assistance”.
The dogs didn’t have access to food or water for about a month. They were emaciated, malnourished, dehydrated, with ear mites, eyes and ears infections, internal and external parasites and the place was filthy.
The man is in hospice care but there are no many details about him. The dogs were taken to an emergency shelter in Lebanon, TN in which they were examined, vaccinated and given veterinarian care.
Animal Rescue Corps will care for them until they are placed with shelters or rescues that will put them up for adoption. If you want to adopt any of the dogs, contact ARC through their website or Facebook page to get more details about it.
They are doing truly a remarkable job with this “Operation Resolution” and it is worth telling the story of those organizations that are doing everything in their power to nurse animals back to health. They have a rehabilitation plan for each individual animal. You can support their work by donating or by sharing their story. If you want to donate, you can follow this link.
Here you can watch a video about the operation and all of the cases of rescue.