July 19, 2013
More than 90 Cats and Dogs Rescued in White County, Ark.
Many animals urgently need veterinary care
Update Aug. 12, 2013: The HSUS transported dozens of the dogs rescued from this property to the D.C. area, where our local Emergency Placement Partners will find them permanent homes.
More than 90 cats and dogs, many in urgent need of veterinary attention, were rescued from a White County, Ark., property after authorities discovered them living in filth and suffering from a lack of basic care. Arkansas State Police called in The Humane Society of the United States and other area and national organizations, including Central Arkansas Rescue Efforts for Animals, The Humane Society of Saline County, and RedRover, to assist in the rescue and removal of the animals.
State troopers served an arrest warrant on the property and found that the animals were being housed in deplorable living conditions. Numerous animals were confined in a trailer on the property, while others were chained outside without shelter or shade. Many of the animals were living in feces and filth and did not have access to clean water or food.
Ashley Mauceri, manager of animal cruelty investigations for The HSUS, said, "I'm so relieved these cats and dogs can now receive the basic care that they've desperately needed for some time now. This is a good day for these animals—they'll finally have a chance to get to live the lives they deserve. We're very grateful to the Arkansas State Police for taking swift action in this case and asking for help to rescue these animals."
Many of the animals are suffering from respiratory problems as well as skin, eye, and ear conditions.
Arkansas State Trooper Robert Alcon said, "Animals don't have a voice without our help, and I am thankful that we were able to come to the aid of these cats and dogs today. I truly appreciate the efforts of The Humane Society of the United States and their partners for coming out and giving these animals another chance at life."
The HSUS's Animal Rescue Team removed all of the animals from the property pending the final disposition of this case. At the temporary emergency shelter, the animals will be thoroughly examined by a team of veterinarians, including Dr. Robin Viscardis and Dr. Eric Jayne, and will receive any necessary immediate medical treatment.
PetSmart Charities is providing the necessary food, supplies, and enrichment items for the dogs.
**Photos and video of this rescue will be available by request.
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