JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) – 21 dogs were rescued recently from a Lawrence County home. Each of the dogs is in bad shape.
"The lady that had them was unable to care for them. We contacted her and she agreed to surrender them," said Greene County Animal Farm Director Brenda Ramthun.
Many of the dogs have mange, ear mites, and intestinal worms. All of the dogs had bad infestations of fleas.
"You really feel bad for these dogs because they have suffered for a long period of time," said Dr. Jim Guntharp.
Three male dogs and eighteen female dogs, including a couple that are pregnant, are now in need of new homes.
The animal farm stays full constantly. Right now there are 88 dogs, 40 cats and one pig at the shelter and they can't take in any more animals.
"They will go from here to a boarding kennel that has been provided temporarily for us," said Jeanne Johnson.
From there multiple rescue groups will take in dogs of different breeds. Ramthun said puppy mill dogs like these are often in bad shape when they're found.
"Having litter after litter is what is depleting the system a lot and making them look much older than they are," said Ramthun.
She said they also will age faster from a lack of care over a long period of time.
"These animals didn't get in this condition over a short period of time," said Ramthun.