Tennessee animal rescue group saves 622 animals, one child from horrific conditions

HENRY COUNTY, Tenn. — Animal Rescue Corps, a nonprofit animal protection organization, assisted the Henry County Sheriff’s Department in Tennessee last week in the removal of 622 animals and one child living in terrible conditions.

The animals were found in a property in Bucannon, Tenn., according to a press release.

A toddler was also found at the property living in a cage.

Large snakes, mice, rats and other animals were found in the room where the child was found.

The property owner and two other people who lived in the trailer were arrested and taken to Henry County Jail, according to the press release.

They are charged with aggravated child abuse, aggravated cruelty to animals, cruelty to animals, and manufacturing marijuana. They also face weapons charges.

Seventeen firearms, including an AR15, were found on the property, as well as 127 marijuana plants.

All three are beind held on $300,000 bond each.

On Saturday, the owner of the animals agreed to surrender all of the animals seized at the property.

The rescue operation was dubbed Operation Caged Hell, according to the press release.

A total of 726 animals were removed.

This included: 65 dogs (including puppies born during the rescue), three cats, 545 rodents, three marsupials, four caged birds, 86 chickens, eight snakes, 10 rabbits, a pheasant and a ghecko.

Dead animals were found among the living in pens surrounded by trash and scrap metal, according to the press release.

The child has been placed in the custody of Child Protective Services.

From the press release:

“This was a devastatingly sad scene where animals and a child were kept in torturous conditions,” said Tim Woodward, ARC’s Executive Director, “we are very grateful for the quick action of Sheriff Belew and his team, and for allowing ARC to make sure that every animal on that property has a chance at a better life.”

Animals are currently receiving daily and medical care in ARC’s Rescue Operations Center in Lebanon, TN, about 30 minutes east of Nashville.

Each animal has received a thorough veterinary exam, appropriate vaccinations, and any necessary medical treatment.

ARC will provide daily care until the animals are stabilized and all evidence has been collected, they will ultimately be transferred to partner shelter and rescue organizations that will adopt them into loving homes.

For people wishing to foster or adopt, ARC will publish its list of shelter and rescue placement partners on its Facebook page once the dogs are transferred to these organizations.