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were found cowering in drums, trembling behind trees and struggling
with heavy chains that kept them away from food and fresh water.
"It's despicable it's just unbelievable that these dogs are even alive," said Scotlund Haisley, president of Animal Rescue Corps, the group that took the dogs in.
65 dogs in all were found by Ashland City firefighters, who responded to a brush fire near a home on Buckeye Road Thursday
They were able to put the fire out just before the flames reached
the chained dogs that would not have been able to run away.
"The fire which could have easily taken their lives actually ended up saving their lives," said Michael Cunningham, public information officer for A.R.C.
Haisley said that's because when the smoke
cleared, investigators also uncovered a treadmill, a large pen and a
device used to strengthen dogs jaws, all items that are commonly used in
dog fighting, which is felony in Tennessee and a federal offense.
Haisley who's led rescue efforts across the country says the dogs were found in some of the worst conditions he'd ever seen.
"To the best of our knowledge, this is the largest, suspected dog fighting rescue case in the state of Tennessee's history," Haisley said.
As volunteers worked to remove the dogs, the Cheatham County Sheriff and Animal Control departments searched the property and stood by as a federal agent from the U.S. Department of Agriculture questioned an unidentified man who let them into the home.
Treadway is an animal lover that lives less than a mile away and said
he had no idea the animals were being kept in those conditions, but if
he had, he would have spoken out
"I'd like to see them go straight to jail," Treadway said. "No breaks, put a heavy heavy fine on them, put them in jail."
Cunningham said the next step was to rehabilitate the dogs and work with local partners to see they'll be able to be adopted.
As of Saturday night, no charges had been filed against the homeowner.
Friday, December 7 2012, 06:39 AM CST
New technology saves TWRA money in trapping hogs
June 18, 2013 07:40 GMT
By RANDALL DICKERSON Associated Press
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- How many wildlife agents does it take to catch a wild hog? One, under a new remote system in use by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.
Richard Kirk of TWRA said the new method alerts an on-call agent, who can watch feral hogs in real time and spring the trap by pushing a virtual button on a computer or smartphone from miles away.
Agents set up a corral that is 35 feet in diameter. When hogs wander into the view of a camera that is focused on the gate, an agent gets a text message.
Verizon spokesman Michael Swearingen said the video is in high definition and the system was built by IC Realtime, which is based in Pompano Beach, Fla.
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