More Than 70 Animals Rescued From Home In Hamblen Co.

More Than 70 Animals Rescued From Home In Hamblen Co.

CREATED Feb 16, 2014

LEBANON, Tenn. - More than 70 animals have been rescued from what officials called "deplorable conditions" and taken to an emergency shelter in Wilson County.

Officials from the Animal Rescue Corps said 73 dogs and two cats were rescued and taken to the ARC's shelter in Lebanon.

Crews from the Morristown Hamblen Humane Society said the discovery was made Friday while responding to a complaint of possible animal cruelty at a home in Morristown, about four hours east of Nashville.

Officials in Hamblen County contacted the ARC for further assistance.

"We take animal cruelty reports seriously in Hamblen County and these conditions were unacceptable," said Sheriff Esco Jarnagin with the Hamblem County Sheriff's Office. "We're grateful Animal Rescue Corps could assist us so quickly to address this situation and bring the animals to safety."

Responders to the scene said they found dozens of dogs, who had been without access to food, water, and necessary veterinary care. 

"These animals have been living in a house of horrors, with an overwhelming stench of ammonia and an unbelievable build up of feces all over," said Animal Rescue Corps President Scotlund Haisley. "These animals have endured tremendous suffering and it ends today."

Officials from the ARC said one of the two property owners and alleged rescue operators was arrested Saturday and charged with 63 counts of animal cruelty. The suspect has been released on bond.

The ARC said an arrest warrant has also been issued for the second suspected owner and operator, who remains at large.