By DALE GRAHAM
On Thanksgiving Night the Ashland City and Pleasant View Fire Departments responded to a brush fire on Buckeye Rd. outside of Ashland City.
What they found there was shocking even to experienced animal rescuers. “We believe this is the largest dog fighting rescue in Tennessee history,” said Animal Rescue Corps (ARC) President Scotlund Haisley in a release from the organization. “The conditions Animal Rescue Corps found on this property are the worst I have ever seen at a dog fighting operation in my 22-year career in animal protection.”
Cheatham County Animal Control (CCAC) got the first call about the suspected dog fighting/breeding operation which included 65 dogs, sick, underweight and covered with sores, chained all over the property with heavy chains and no access to food or water. Most of the dogs were American Pit Bulls, some were beagles, according to ARC.
CCAC identified other dogfighting paraphernalia such as a treadmill, fighting pen, and a spring pole used for strengthening dogs’ jaws. In spite of the dogs illnesses and living conditions, ARC said they “are all very eager for affection.”
CCAC Director T J Jordi recognized immediately that the rescue operation, dubbed “Operation Broken Chain”, was going to require additional support. He has been a volunteer for ARC for about a year, and he knew to call them. ARC was on site in less than 24 hours of being contacted to help with the operation.
All the animals on the property were surrendered to CCAC and relocated to an emergency shelter outside of Nashville. Their daily care and medical needs are being met by ARC until they can be assessed for placement and transported to partners around the country.
CCAC and Animal Rescue Corps performed this rescue in conjunction with: New Leash on Life, a shelter in Lebanon, TN; Agape Animal Rescue out of Nashville; the Nashville Zoo and the Tennessee State Highway Patrol.
At press time, no charges had been filed, and the investigation was ongoing.