Puppies reach Tennessee shelter after being rescued from Iowa puppy mill


By Michael Warrick

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LEBANON, Tennessee (WSMV) – Nearly 100 puppies receive the urgent help they need at Animal Rescue Corps facilities after being rescued from horrific conditions at an Iowa puppy mill.

Several other rescue groups worked together to save more than 500 dogs from the puppy mill, including dogs crammed into small cages, some sick.

In just a few days, Animal Rescue Corps brought 89 of these puppies to their facility in Lebanon and began treating the dogs for parasites, hunger, and behavior problems.

“What’s really important here is that we’re going very slowly and not creating any new negative experiences,” said Michael Cunningham of the American Rescue Corps. “They don’t know what love is, they don’t know what love is, they don’t know what kindness is.”

The rescue at the Iowa Puppy Mill came a week after allegations of abuse at the Humane Society of the Delta in Arkansas. Dozens of these dogs have also been transferred to facilities in Lebanon for recovery.

Cunningham said many of them don’t know how to eat from a bowl, walk on concrete floor, or show love. Some of them weren’t even out before.

Usually, rescued dogs are in the care of the CRA for less than a month. Once healthy and ready, they will be placed in shelters for adoption.

To help cope with the sudden influx of dogs, Cunningham is hoping for more volunteers at his rescue operations center in Lebanon. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, visit their site to email.

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