HUNTINGDON, Tenn. (WKRN) – Twenty-two dogs were rescued from a home after police responded on an unrelated matter and neighbors hadn’t seen the owner in a week.
The Animal Rescue Corps (ARC) assisted in the rescue at the home in Huntingdon, about two hours west of Nashville in Carroll County.
The rescue came about after the Huntingdon Police Department went on an unrelated legal matter and noticed a large number of dogs. Neighbors then said they hadn’t seen the owner in a week and were concerned the dogs were abandoned.
The dogs included 13 Chihuahuas, two pit bull-type dogs, one Norwich terrier, and at least one litter of puppies.
According to the ARC, the dogs were found without adequate food or water, loose inside the feces-strewn home and chained and penned outside.
One dead puppy was also found in the home.
“Many of the dogs and puppies exhibited signs of neglect, including mange, dehydration, intestinal worms, external parasites, runny eyes, and alopecia,” according to a press release.
“Huntingdon and Carroll County have very limited resources when it comes to animals in need,” said ARC Community Liaison Kim Rezac. “I’m glad Animal Rescue Corps was able to step up and help our community get these dogs the medical care and attention they desperately need.”
The Huntingdon Police Department has not yet located the property owner.
All of the dogs have been placed in the care of ARC until a custody hearing is held or, if attempts to contact the property owner are unsuccessful after a period of time, the dogs have been deemed abandoned.
Each dog will receive a thorough veterinary exam and any necessary vaccinations or medical care.