"They were lying in their feces and urine, cramped into the cage some of them eight to 10 in each cage, on top of each other. It was one of the worse situations I'd ever seen and it was just horrendous," Hamblen County Animal Control Officer Bobby Short told News 2.
It's been a busy week for volunteers and vets trying to nurse the animals back to health.
"We started their treatments but some of them need extensive treatments. I mean these dogs were in bad shape. Most of them had internal and external parasites, chronic dehydration [and] skin conditions," President of Animal Rescue Corps (ARC) Scotlund Hasley explains.
The owners of the home were arrested and charged with animal cruelty. They surrendered the animals to Animal Rescue Corps.
The road to recovery is still not over for many of the four-legged friends.
"Saving their lives and caring for them this past week is still just the beginning," said Hasley.
A transport team picked up a group of dogs headed to placement partners in the Midwest on Saturday morning, and two local rescue groups, New Leash on Life and Nashville PITTIE, picked up additional dogs that afternoon.
ARC will transport the remaining dogs to placement partners in Maryland.
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