A non-profit animal organization removed 18 dogs from hazardous conditions at a Smith County home on Thursday.
Officials with Animal Rescue Corps said the dogs' owner had been unable to properly care for the canines. A family member called Lebanon animal shelter New Leash on Life when the owner was recently hospitalized.
After visiting the home located about an hour east of Nashville, New Leash on Life contacted ARC for additional assistance.
"Animal Rescue Corps does not hesitate to respond when we get a call for assistance from one of our partners in Tennessee," said ARC President Scotlund Haisley.
Haisley continued, "Smith County does not have an animal services resource so New Leash on Life stepped up to assist and Animal Rescue Corps is helping bridge that gap between the animals' needs and the necessary resources."
Upon arriving to the residence, responders found medium to large mixed breed dogs in feces-laden trailers with dangerously high ammonia levels.
Officials said many of the dogs were underweight. All of the rescued animals, who were living in unsanitary conditions, were infested with fleas and ticks.
"This case was more than this community and our resources could handle at once and these dogs needed help immediately," said New Leash on Life Director Amy Haverstick.
She continued, "We quickly came together to collectively give them the chance to get the treatment they need to be healthy and happy and to get adopted."
All of the dogs have been surrendered to ARC. The non-profit organization will provide daily care and medical needs to the canines each day until they can be assessed for placement and transported to area shelters for adoption.
For more information about Animal Rescue Corps, please visit their Web site.
Click here for additional information on New Leash on Life.