Dozens of animals rescued from 'deplorable conditions in Cookeville

Dozens of animals were rescued from what first responders are calling "deplorable conditions" in a home in Cookeville./ Source: WTVF

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) -- Dozens of animals were rescued from what first responders are calling "deplorable conditions" in a home in Cookeville.

Animal Rescue Corps volunteers rescued 42 cats and dogs over the weekend. Rescuers said the animals were found without drinkable water and when food was present, it was moldy.

NewsChannel5 in Nashville reported the animals were suffering from a range of medical issues, including dental disease, matting of the fur, fur loss, ear and eye infections, internal and external parasites and untreated skin infections.

The animals are being treated by ARC veterinarians in Lebanon. Authorities said the animal rescue is connected to an animal rescue case from a year ago in Carroll County.

“In April of 2018, Animal Rescue Corps worked with the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office to remove nearly 150 animals from another property owned by these same individuals,” said ARC Executive Director Tim Woodward to NewsChannel5. “We found similarly grim conditions at both the Carroll County and Putnam County properties – sick animals in filthy living conditions. Our thanks go to the dedicated authorities who didn’t hesitate to take action to protect these innocent animals.”

Additional animal cruelty and neglect arrest warrants are expected.