Animal Rescue Corps assisted the White County Sheriff's Office Monday in the rescue of approximately 67 animals found in extreme neglectful conditions on a property in Sparta, about 90 minutes east of Nashville.
The situation is amongst the largest animal cruelty cases ever addressed in White County, according to a news release from Animal Rescue Corps.
The animals include 24 chickens, 12 rabbits, 12 dogs, seven cats, six ducks, three Musk turtles, one goose, one goat and one donkey.
Most of the animals are underweight, suffering from external parasites and have untreated wounds.
Their living conditions were hazardous to their physical, social and emotional well being and no animals had access to clean water or sufficient food, ARC said.
"These animals were in desperate need of immediate help so the team didn't hesitate to jump on board for what we're calling Operation Freedom Part II," ARC President Scotlund Haisley said in a release.
ARC has been on the ground in Tennessee since Operation Freedom Dogs, the July 3 rescue of nearly 100 dogs from a hoarding situation in Lebanon.
The team was caring for the dogs at its temporary shelter at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds when they got a call for emergency assistance from the White County Sheriff's Office.
Haisley said, "[Monday's] case came about because of last week's case. We were on the ground rescuing 100 animals from horrific conditions. Everybody saw it on the news."
The animals rescued from White County have also be taken to the fairgrounds where they will be given the care they need.
Charges in the case were not immediately filed.
The back to back rescues have put a serious strain on ARC's finances.
Haisley said the non-profit organization desperately needs the public's help.
"We haven't raised the funds necessary to pay for the last rescue. Of course we didn't have the funds to cover this rescue, but we couldn't say no to the animals and we're hoping the community can't say no to the animals either," Haisley said.
To donate you can either bring a donation to the Fairgrounds or you can donate by visiting Animal Rescue Corps at AnimalRescueCorps.org.
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