More than 120 dogs rescued from an alleged puppy mill in Kentucky last Thursday are continuing to recuperate at a Lebanon warehouse.
The dogs, four cats and two parrots were found living in deplorable conditions at a home in Monticello, Kentucky, about three hours northeast of Nashville.
Many of the dogs were suffering from severe eye infections, significant fur loss and matting, and extreme internal and external parasites, such as fleas when they were rescued. The canines have since been receiving superb care.
"One hundred percent of the dogs that needed grooming have been groomed. Our groomers were working around the clock. That was a number one priority to get these guys groomed and get them comfortable," Animal Rescue Corps president Scotlund Haisley said, adding, "Our vet teams worked around the clock to get these guys healthy and our volunteers have been working very long hours to provide these dogs with socialization and the love and the compassion that they have never received before."
One of the dogs rescued gave birth to a single puppy earlier this week.
"Our numbers are increasing. They have increased by one so far. We had our first baby born here just the other day. The mother only produced one puppy which is unusual; you usually expect a litter to be much higher," Haisley said.
He continued, "These dogs have been forced to produce so many litters throughout the years they aren't producing that many now. She's the first to deliver. We expect about five to seven more deliveries in the next few days.
The animals will remain at the warehouse until a court determines custody. If Animal Rescue Corps is awarded custody they will ultimately be adopted into loving homes.
The dogs' previous owner, Clara Preat, has since been charged with animal cruelty.
Haisley told News 2 he recommends at least one charge of animal cruelty for each animal.
"Approximately 128 counts is what we're going to be asking for," he said.
The recent rescue is expected to cost around $45,000. The non-profit organization has raised about $10,000 so far. To donate to the cause, click here.
For adoption information, Animal Rescue Corps asks people to keep updated via their Facebook page.