TAKOMA PARK, Md. (WUSA9) - Non-profit Animal Rescue Corps (ARC) says it is transporting 40 dogs rescued on September 19 from a puppy mill in Kentucky to adoption partners in Maryland. The dogs will eventually be available for adoption, say ARC officials.
On September 19, more than 120 small breed dogs were found crowded into dilapidated, outdoor wire and wood hutches and pens full or urine and feces, say ARC officials. The water available to the dogs was dirty and green with algae growth.
ARC officials say many of the dogs were underweight. Some of them suffered from severe eye and ear infections, fur loss and matting, urine-soaked fur, skin issues, and internal and external parasites. Parrots and cats were found living in similar conditions, say ARC officials.
ARC dubbed the rescue "Operation Unbridled Spirit" in honor of the resilience of the animals. They say the care given to the animals have set them up for success and they will soon be ready for adoption, pending any necessary additional medical treatments, assessments and surgeries.
ARC officials say volunteers have been working for the past two weeks at a temporary emergency shelter set up in Lebanon, TN, about 40 minutes east of Nashville. Now, ARC crews are expected to arrive at The Takoma Park Community Center at approximately 7 p.m. to give the dogs to their partner groups. ARC is partnering with these groups in the Maryland area to find the dogs homes:
- Mutts Matter Rescue
- Dogs XL Rescue
- the SPCA of Anne Arundel County
- and the Humane Society of Calvert County.
For more information about puppy mills and Animal Rescue Corps, please visit www.animalrescuecorps.org.