Update: 75 animals seized from Morristown rescue group

A new update from a national rescue group said they seized 75 animals from "The Puppy Patch" organization in Hamblen County this weekend.

The Animal Rescue Corps announced Sunday that in total they found 73 dogs and 2 cats on the Morristown property. All of the animals were taken to a shelter in Lebanon, Tenn. for medical evaluation.

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(WBIR) One of the owners of an East Tennessee animal rescue group was taken into custody Saturday afternoon after dozens of dogs were rescued from their organization, according to a Hamblen County official.

Lieutenant Steven McBride told 10News the Morristown-Hamblen Humane Society and Hamblen County Sheriff's Office assisted in seizing around 60 dogs Saturday night from "The Puppy Patch," located in a Hamblen County home.

Authorities said they are still working to locate the rescue group's other owner.

The owner they have in custody faces 63 counts of animal cruelty. A search warrant is out for the other owner.

Officials said an out-of-state agency is scheduled to pick-up the animals later Saturday afternoon. The Animal Rescue Corps came in to perform the evacuations of these dogs.

They found the dogs in cramped conditions, with feces around the shelter and the smell of ammonia.

Crews evacuated all of the animals from the house by Saturday night.

They found two cats and some tropical fish along with the dogs.

Scotlund Haisley is the president of Animal Rescue Corps.

He said after the evacuations, they took the dogs to an emergency shelter set up in Lebanon.

Haisley said these dogs will receive a grooming, vaccination shots, and full medical examinations.

Once the dogs are in good health, they will be relocated to partnering shelters around the country.


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