According to reports, a northwestern Tennessee residence in a deplorable state was home to 76 dogs, which were removed from the dwelling by local authorities on Monday.
The Animal Rescue Corps was sent to the home to help the Dyer City Police Department with what the nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C., described in a Facebook post as “a large and urgent cruelty case.”
The post said 75 or more dogs and puppies were left behind in “a filthy, rotting house.” “The property owners moved away and returned only to feed the animals,” ARC said. “The dogs have been left alone, facing overcrowding, fighting, and some of the worst ammonia levels ARC has recorded to date.”
Inside the home were dogs of all ages and sizes. There were puppies as young as three weeks old, pregnant mothers, and elderly dogs with dementia.
“They have all been severely neglected for some time and have numerous untreated injuries and conditions,” ARC’s post read. “This is a cruelty case, the animals have been seized, and ARC is documenting the cruelties and creating evidence packets, with all animals headed to ARC’s Rescue Center outside Nashville for urgent care.”
NBC station WSMV in Nashville reported that the dogs were living in brutal conditions and suffering from emaciation, dental disease, parasites, fur loss, infections, and skin inflammation.