Sixty-eight cats were rescued Tuesday from a single family home in Tullahoma, Tennessee. The cats, of which many of them are pregnant or with newborn litters, were living in filth, are currently in the care of Animal Rescue Corps (ARC) Operation Center in Lebanon.
Dubbed Operation Nine Lives, the Tullahoma Department of Animal Control and ARC collaborated on getting the cats out of a situation where they were living in unclean conditions with dangerously high ammonia levels. ARC President Scotlund Haisley said the lady who owned the property was the typical hoarder. She admitted to taking in a few homeless cats four years ago and the problem escalated.
City of Tullahoma Direct of Public Works, Wayne Lumbaugh, stated
“We take cases of animal suffering very seriously in this city. These animals desperately needed help so we didn’t hesitate to accept the assistance of Animal Rescue Corps and these cats are now in good hands.”
ARC is currently treating the rescued cats for upper respiratory infections (due to the ammonia), eye infections, bladder infections as well as external and internal parasites. Once treatment is completed and the cats are given vaccinations, they’ll be placed with shelter and rescue partners who will find them good forever homes.
Until then, ARC is providing daily care. Once the cats are ready for rescue ARC will publish a list on their Facebook community page for those interested in adoption. For more information, please click here to visit their website.
Ironically, Animal Rescue Corps had recently conducted a two-day training course for the public on March 12 where one of the topics covered was animal hoarding where they described animal hoarding as “a compulsive emotional attachment to collect and keep animals.”
This situation is typical where people start out with just a few cats and allow them to reproduced unchecked. After four years of keeping cats, I’m surprised there weren’t more in need of rescue.
No information is available at this time as to the name of the property owner or whether criminal charges will be filed. Article photos courtesy of Animal Rescue Corps. Instructions on how you can donate to help with their care, click
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