On June 1st, Animal Rescue Corps helped the Morgan County Sheriff’s Department rescue 32 animals found living in deplorable conditions at a property in Morgan County, Tennessee.
All of the animals were seized, including 20 dogs, one donkey, four miniature donkeys, two ponies, a potbellied pig, three roosters and one hen.
The dogs, mostly Chihuahuas and most extremely sick, were locked inside a house covered in feces and trash with no food or water in sight. The other dogs who were outside were chained up and the rest of the animals were in bad shape as well.
“These animals were on death’s door when we arrived, but they’re safe now and we’re going to do everything possible to help them recover,” said Scotlund Haisley, president of Animal Rescue Corps.
The owner of the property is 73-year-old Jesse Gilbert, who told the police that he doesn’t live on the property, but was breeding the dogs in order to sell them. He was charged with 18 counts of animal cruelty.
Animal Rescue Corps now has legal and physical custody of all 32 animals. They are at a temporary shelter, where they are receiving the proper medical care, getting vaccinated, fed, and of course getting all the love in the world.
Once the animals are fully healthy, they will be available for adoption. Then they will get to live the rest of their lives out as pets should!