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March 09, 2010

With the Assist: The HSUS Helps Save 200 Dogs and Cats

The HSUS provides more hands-on care to animals than any group in the nation, and that work was in evidence this past weekend, when we joined with local humane organizations on rescues of dogs and cats in dire straits in New Jersey and Tennessee. By Sunday, more than 200 companion animals had been given a second chance at life.

See video from the rescue of 120 cats from an alleged hoarding situation
See a video report from the Tennessee cat rescue.

Often times, when local humane organizations do not have enough resources to handle major cases of cruelty, The HSUS comes in to assist. Our Tennessee state director Leighann McCollum and members of our Animal Rescue team coordinated with the Grainger County Humane Society to remove 120 cats from a suspected hoarding situation. We’d been called in to assist after the county sheriff found the cats living in crowded, unsanitary conditions at the home (see video from the scene).

In New Jersey, HSUS state director Heather Cammisa and staff with our Wilde Puppy Mill Task Force helped to remove nearly 90 dogs from deplorable conditions at a puppy mill operation. We joined forces with a Maryland County Animal Response Team, the New Jersey SPCA, Cumberland County SPCA, Gloucester County Animal Shelter and a local animal control officer to rescue these dogs—many of them suffering from skin conditions and severe dental infections.

One of nearly 90 dogs rescued from New Jersey puppy mill
The HSUS
One of nearly 90 dogs rescued from the New Jersey puppy mill.

Now safely removed, these animals are receiving necessary medical attention and will begin the transition to becoming family pets. The Grainger County Humane Society will prepare the cats for adoption, while the puppy mill dogs have been placed with several shelter and rescue groups throughout New Jersey who are partnering with The HSUS to oversee their recuperation and placement.

It’s an honor for us to assist law enforcement agencies and to offer our resources to the staff and volunteers who work so hard to serve the animals of their community. The HSUS is unrelenting in its efforts to help animals—whether by working on the large-scale problems that affect animals, or focusing on individual animals in crisis and in need of help right now.

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