One hundred and twenty-two dogs, four cats and two parrots found living in deplorable conditions at a home in Monticello, Kentucky, about three hours northeast of Nashville, are now recovering at an emergency shelter in Lebanon.
The animals, a variety of small breed dogs, including newborn litters, were found crowded into small, dilapidated, outdoor wire and wood hutches and pens encrusted with urine and excessive piles of feces.
"The mother and father dogs are seen as machines. They're producing litter after litter, exclusively for money that these puppies are going to make the breeder," explained Karla Goodson, Director of Outreach for Animal Rescue Corps.
The only water sources were dirty and green with algae growth.
The parrots' were living in similar conditions, their cages and food bowls also covered in feces.
"Today we're starting their daily care routine with regular feeding and watering and cleaning" said Goodson. "But we're also giving them full veterinarian checks today. Literally putting our hands on the animals and finding out what conditions they are in after the years of suffering they've had to deal with."
Many of the dogs were suffering from severe eye infections, significant fur loss and matting, and extreme internal and external parasites, such as fleas.
"They need medical attention, socialization. None of them have received individualized care that all dogs deserve," Goodson said, adding, "Today we're starting their daily care routine with regular feeding and watering and cleaning, but we're also giving them full veterinarian checks today. Literally putting our hands on the animals and finding out what conditions they are in after the years of suffering they've had to deal with."
After the animals were removed from the residence, they were taken to an emergency shelter set up in an empty Lebanon warehouse where they will be examined and receive necessary treatment.
The animals will remain at the warehouse until the court determines custody. The rescued dogs, primarily pugs, will eventually be put up for adoption.
Scotlund Hailsey, Animal Rescue Corps President, added since it is a criminal investigation with charges of animal cruelty, it could take weeks for the legal process to play out completely.