Two days ago, 23 dogs were saved from a rural Tennessee animal “shelter” which claimed to be a no-kill facility. Unfortunately for the dogs in the facility’s care, being alive, even if not happy or healthy, was considered to be good enough.
The dogs were removed from the small shelter by the non-profit rescue organization, Big Fluffy Dog Rescue, which expressed their dismay over the conditions of the dogs who had been suffering at the rural facility. The rescue agency updated their Facebook followers with their thoughts about the dismal conditions inside of the shelter:
Until we came in, for most of these dogs, the only ticket out of that place was death from injury from fighting with other dogs for resources or disease. I will never ever be OK with that and if this is what no kill means as a shelter, then it’s worse than euthanasia. I work hard to make sure dogs do not die in shelters, but to see dogs who have suffered in the dark is a dagger to the heart.
According to the rescue organizations, the dogs existed inside of a dark building with an inadequate waste removal system that left kennel runs overflowing with feces. The dogs who had been held at the facility were suffering from a wide variety of maladies, including bite wounds, skin infections, parasites and disease.
The rescue agency wrote:
For many of these dogs, this was home for months to years. The suffering these dogs endured defies description.
My heart is broken today and I have 19 dogs hospitalized for the week to try to patch them up to eventually send them home.
The cost for taking in nearly two dozen dogs and trying to mend their broken bodies is high; the rescue agency stated:
…we are going to be desperately poor and we need some help. If this is the start of my Thanksgiving, I guess I will be grateful that the dogs are safe and will recover, but I am not happy that once again our regular mission is being killed off by expenses incurred because of someone else’s negligence.
Anyone who wants to help ease the burden of the Big Fluffy Dog Rescue can make a donation via this link.
Follow the rescue agency on Facebook here.
Note: Big Fluffy Dog Rescue has indicated that they will work to help find the means to have a new shelter built in place of the existing, “animal shelter” where the dogs were just removed from in Tennessee.
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