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Rescue in Dunlap, Tennessee, Saves 60 Dogs

  • Photo by Kathy Milani/The HSUS

Approximately 60 dogs and other animals were rescued from atrocious conditions in Sequatchie County, Tennessee. The animals, many in need of urgent veterinary care, were living in absolute filth.

Upon arriving at the property, the Sequatchie County Sheriff’s Department served a warrant and found a variety of medium and large mix-breed dogs living in cages throughout the house and outside, all covered in feces and trash. Initial veterinary findings include urine scalding, emaciation, dehydration, anemia, and feces crusted feet and coats. Rescuers found multiple deceased dogs in a freezer on the property.

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Leighann Lassiter, Tennessee state director for The HSUS, said, “These animals were forced to live unimaginable lives without proper nutrition and basic care. Thankfully, because of the diligent work of the Sequatchie County Sheriff’s Department and the Assistant District Attorney Steve Strain, these dogs and other animals will get the attention and compassion they’ve desperately needed for some time.

Six cats, a parrot and a goat were also found on the property. The Humane Society of the United States, Humane Educational Society, McKamey Animal Center, Animal Care Center of Ooltewah and local veterinarians assisted authorities with the rescue and removal of all of the animals.

Detective Paul Howard said, “Sequatchie County will not tolerate animal cruelty on any level. We’re grateful to The Humane Society of the United States and their partners for coming in and helping us rescue these animals in need.

All of the animals are being safely transported to HSUS Emergency Placement Partners where they will be thoroughly examined by teams of veterinarians and receive any necessary medical treatment.

Media Contact: Kaitlin Sanderson: 240-672-8397; ksanderson@humanesociety.org

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