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Local Hero Saves Puppies Left to Die

Puppies Recovering at Kentucky Humane Society

gregoryFebruary 10, 2016, was no normal day for a Louisville garbage collector. Working his route on this freezing morning, he saw what he thought was a bin of stuffed toys.

But what Gregory Curry of Rumpke Waste & Recycling discovered was heartbreaking. Four young puppies had been left to die in a plastic bin next to the dumpster - thrown away like they were garbage. Sadly, two of the puppies did not survive. The two living puppies were soaked in urine, shaking and clearly distressed.

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Yipsi, Other Pets Arrive at KHS


26 Animals rescued by Animal Rescue Corps Now at Kentucky Humane Society 

JANUARY 18, 2015, LOUISVILLE KY - Twenty-six animals saved by Animal Rescue Corps (ARC) from various operations arrived at the Kentucky Humane Society (KHS) on Sunday, January 17, to be placed for adoption.

YipsiAmong the animals receiving care at KHS is Yipsi, a dog whose owner lived in the woods with his 31 dogs (in photo above with Yipsi). According to ARC president Scotlund Haisley, the dog’s owner was homeless and suffering from health issues, but he refused to accept help from the community until he knew his dogs would be safe.

Haisley said the dogs' owner had lived in the woods for at least 16 years.

"It was a very interesting, unique situation," Haisley told USA Today. "I wouldn't call it hoarding, and he wasn't abusing or neglecting the animals for profit. He was providing care for the animals."

"He wasn't going to address his medical needs until he knew his dogs were safe," Haisley said to the newspaper reporter.

The animals brought to KHS will receive medical examinations, behavioral assessments and spay/neuter surgeries to make them ready for adoption. KHS expects that some of the dogs and cats will be ready for adoption as early as this week.


More about the Cases from ARC:

Last week, January 6 through 9, ARC rescued over 130 animals of a variety of breeds and species in five rescues, dubbed Operation Resolution Parts 1-5, in five counties across Tennessee.

In Operation Resolution 1, on January 6, ARC rescued 21 abandoned dogs from a trash-strewn property in Clay County, where the dogs had been fending for themselves for weeks. Three deceased dogs were also discovered on the property and preliminary exams by ARC’s veterinarian point to death by exposure and starvation. Authorities were able to locate the property owner, who surrendered all the dogs to ARC. Photos

Operation Resolution 2 took place on January 7 when ARC rescued 17 dogs from a dilapidated, abandoned home in a residential neighborhood in Bolivar, TN. ARC then assisted Hardeman County Animal Control with an investigation of a report of animal cruelty in Hardeman County of dogs being disposed of in tire fire. The body of one dog who had been deceased less than 48 hours was found and sent to a lab in Nashville for necropsy. Findings suggest that severe parasitic infestation, resulting anemia, and starvation may have contributed to the dog’s death. Authorities are investigating and seeking the owner of that dog. Photos

Later that same day, on Operation Resolution 3, ARC, Hardin County Animal Control, and the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office acted on a warrant and found more than 40 animals, including dogs, a cat, and pet mice and rats, living in a single wide trailer in Counce, TN, with some of the highest ammonia levels encountered in the five years ARC has been working in Tennessee. All of the animals were surrendered by the property owner to ARC. Photos

On January 8, ARC secured the surrender of the potbellied pig found living in horrendous conditions in Benton County and then performed Operation Resolution 4 in Henderson County, with the surrender of 31 dogs from a man who had been living in the woods of Natchez Trace State Park for the past 16 years. Photos

While on scene of that rescue, ARC received a call from authorities three hours away in Macon County who had discovered 21 starving dogs abandoned in an old county store after receiving a call from the property owner who was there serving an eviction notice. Reportedly the property tenant and dogs’ owner had been in hospice and the dogs had been without care for weeks. ARC raced across the state to perform Operation Resolution 5. Photos

Animal Rescue Corps performed Operation Resolution in conjunction with the Clay County Sheriff’s Office; Hardeman County Animal Control; the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office and Animal Control; Benton County Animal Control; and the Macon County Animal Control and Lafayette Animal Control. The BISSELL Pet Foundation and PetSmart Charities® provided critical financial resources. Compassion in Action Tennessee and Goofy Foot Dog Rescue provided logistical support and contributed essential equipment and supplies. Animal House Veterinary Clinic in Clarksville, TN, and Premier Vet Care in Smyrna, TN, provided emergency veterinary care for this rescue. Novamet Specialty Products Corporation of Lebanon, TN, assisted with space for the ARC emergency shelter. Pittsburgh Aviation Animal Rescue Team (PAART) provided transport of the animals from the ARC emergency shelter to placement partners out of state. 

For more information about Animal Rescue Corps, please visit

The BISSELL Pet Foundation is a non-profit pet foundation that provides financial assistance to animal welfare organizations with the goal of reducing the number of animals in shelters and rescues through adoption, spay/neuter programs, micro-chipping, and foster care.

PetSmart Charities, Inc. is a nonprofit animal welfare organization that saves the lives of homeless pets. More than 400,000 dogs and cats find homes each year through our adoption program in all PetSmart® stores and our sponsored adoption events. PetSmart Charities grants more money to directly help pets in need than any other animal welfare group in North America, with a focus on funding spay/neuter services that help communities solve pet overpopulation. PetSmart Charities is a 501(c)(3) organization, separate from PetSmart, Inc.

Protect Pets in Winter Weather

How You Can Help Pets During Winter Weather

KhoaWith temperatures dropping, winter can be challenging for cats and dogs. What can you do to keep pets warm and healthy? Follow these tips.

• Make sure your companion animal has a warm place to sleep, off the floor and away from drafts. A cozy dog or cat bed with a warm blanket or pillow is perfect.

• Like coolant, antifreeze is lethal for pets. Thoroughly clean up any spills from your vehicle, and consider using products that contain propylene glycol rather than ethylene glycol.

• Avoid salt and chemical melting products. They can be toxic to animals and harmful to their paws.

• Wipe your pet's paws and stomach when she comes in out of the sleet, snow or ice. She could ingest salt, antifreeze or other dangerous chemicals while licking her paws.

• During the winter, outdoor cats sometimes sleep under the hoods of cars. When the motor is started, the cat can be injured or killed by the fan belt. If there are outdoor cats in your area, bang loudly on the car hood before starting the engine.

• Do not let your dog off the leash on snow or ice, especially during a snowstorm: dogs can lose their scent and easily become lost.

• Never shave your dog down to the skin in winter, as a longer coat will provide more warmth. Own a short-haired breed? Consider getting him a coat or sweater.

• If your indoor cat occasionally goes outdoors, keep his explorations to a minimum—and always make sure he comes indoors at night. Even better, keep him inside: place a cushion next to a window so he can enjoy the outdoors from the safety and warmth of home.

• Puppies do not tolerate the cold as well as adult dogs, and may be difficult to housebreak during the winter. If your puppy appears to be sensitive to the weather, you may opt to paper-train her inside. If your dog is sensitive to the cold due to age, illness or breed type, take her outdoors only to relieve herself. 


Winter Care for Community Cats

Community unowned cats (or feral cats) need care too! If you have community cats in your neighborhood, make sure they are spayed or neutered. Jefferson County residents can contact Alley Cat Advocates (ACA) to arrange for spay/neuter surgeries through the Kentucky Humane Society's S.N.I.P. Clinic or ACA's Big Fixes, 502-634-8777.

You can also help community cats by providing:

Water — Make sure community cats have access to fresh water. Use deep bowls rather than wide ones, and refill them with hot or warm water twice a day. Or purchase a heated water dish, available at Feeders Supply and other pet supply stores.

Food — Outdoor cats need extra food in the winter. Also, feed them on a regular schedule. The cats will know when to come around, and both the food and the cats will spend less time exposed to the weather.

Shelter — Protect community cats from the elements by providing cat shelters. You can build one yourself or convert Rubbermaid storage bins, Styrofoam coolers or small dog houses into shelters. Here are a few tips:

• Cats will huddle together for warmth, so provide colonies with multiple shelters that can fit three to five cats each. If you are caring for fewer cats, use a smaller shelter.

• Make sure the door is no bigger than six to eight inches wide to keep out other animals. If you're modifying a small dog house, you'll need to block off part of the door to make it cat-sized.

• Insulate the floor and sides of the house with either Styrofoam or straw; these materials repel moisture and keep the shelters warm and dry. Do not use blankets or hay, which absorb moisture. Also, raise shelters off the cold ground to conserve warmth.

For more tips, visit The Kentucky Humane Society, Alley Cat Advocates (ACA) and Louisville Metro Animal Services are the ASPCA's 2013 Community Partners. ACA is Louisville's only nonprofit agency dedicated solely to the protection and care of community cats.

Calling All Artists


Design a Bank for KHS

Cat-BankLooking for a way to flex your creativity and support our local homeless pets? Look no further than "Wags to Riches!"

For an entry fee of $40, each participant will receive one of our donation banks in their choice of either cat or dog, and then design and decorate the bank to the best of their ability. But when they're done, the fun has just begun!

We invite all our supporters, people of all ages to join us Thursday, March 10th, 5-8 pm at Copper & Kings to celebrate our artists' creative achievements. Enjoy an evening of art in a real gallery setting, accompanied by the live talent of local musician Emily Lancaster, delicious hors d'oevres provided by Born Fresh, and a distillery tour all for $10 (the artist fee also includes admission, distillery tour, tasting); the tour includes a tasting for those 21 and older, but don't worry -- Copper & Kings bottles specialty sodas too.

Dog-BankGuests are encouraged to vote for their favorite banks by putting donations in them. At the end of the event, the two banks with the greatest totals (one in the youth division and one in the adult division) and the two most creative banks will receive prizes. We'd like to thank Feeders Supply, Bearno's, The Destination and Dundee Candy Shop for providing prizes.

Only 35 banks will be available! Contact Jeni Church at 502-515-3147 or [email protected] to reserve yours today.

Wags to Riches is presented by Park Community Credit Union.

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Space for the reception has been generously donated by Copper & Kings.


Food provided by Born Fresh.

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