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American Humane Association’s Red Star® Rescue team involved in dramatic rescue effort underway in animal cruelty case involving 46 cats seized from Memphis-area home

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American Humane Association’s 100-year old Red Star® Rescue Team Deploys to Save, Rehabilitate, and Care for Animals in City of Bartlett Animal Control’s investigation


BARTLETT, TENN., January 12, 2016 —American Humane Association’s renowned Red Star® Rescue team, accompanied by one of their 50-foot Lois Pope Red Star Rescue Vehicles and two F-350 trucks, has deployed to Tennessee at the request of the City of Bartlett Animal Control to participate in a dramatic early morning raid in Bartlett this week aimed at saving, rehabilitating, and caring for 46 cats and a dog seized from a local home who were allegedly abused and neglected. 

The animals have been removed and taken to a temporary emergency animal shelter facility where they will be given food, medical treatment, and intensive 24-hour care until they are out of danger. The Red Star Rescue team is collaborating with Bartlett Animal Control, the Humane Society of Memphis & Shelby County, Animal Response Foundation, and Florida Disaster Animal Response & Transport in this operation. The giant rescue vehicle on the scene is sponsored by philanthropist Lois Pope, and the second truck is sponsored by Mrs. Pope and Banfield Pet Hospital®.

“It is very disheartening to see animals living under these conditions, but we are fortunate to have the resources to fight these injustices,” said Amber Batteiger, a program and outreach specialist for Red Star Rescue and Emergency Services for Animals. “These cats will be rehabilitated and put on the path to a wonderful life.”

This is not the first time that American Humane Association’s Red Star Rescue team has deployed to assist in a cruelty case in the Memphis area.  Last year, the team saved horses, mules and a minihorse in Fayette County who were being intentionally starved and dehydrated in the hot Tennessee summer, and the team also traveled there in 2014 to help horses and a mule forced to endure the cold winter without food. Three years ago, 141 dogs were rescued in deplorable condition from the back of a U-Haul trailer in which they were being transported near Memphis. American Humane Association helped care for the animals and arranged for a special airlift of those who were not adopted locally to a safe shelter to find forever homes. Red Star was also involved in a hoarding case in Moscow, Tennessee, rescuing and helping to care for more than 140 animals who were being kept in a private home.

American Humane Association’s Red Star program was created in 1916 at the request of the U.S. Secretary of War to rescue war horses on the battlefields of World War I Europe.  Now celebrating a century of saving animals in need, Red Star has been rescuing animals of every kind and has been involved in virtually every major disaster relief effort from Pearl Harbor to 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, the Joplin, Missouri and Moore, Oklahoma tornadoes, the Japanese and Haitian earthquakes, and Superstorm Sandy.  Over just the past ten years Red Star teams have saved, helped and sheltered more than 80,000 animals.

To follow the news and support the Red Star team's emergency work, please visit www.americanhumane.org


About American Humane Association 

American Humane Association is the country’s first national humane organization and the only one dedicated to protecting both children and animals. Since 1877, American Humane Association has been at the forefront of virtually every major advance in protecting our most vulnerable from cruelty, abuse and neglect. Today we’re also leading the way in understanding the human-animal bond and its role in therapy, medicine and society. American Humane Association reaches millions of people every day through groundbreaking research, education, training and services that span a wide network of organizations, agencies and businesses. You can help make a difference, too. Visit American Humane Association at www.americanhumane.org today.

About Red Star® Rescue

American Humane Association’s Red Star program was created in 1916 at the request of the U.S. Secretary of War specifically to rescue war horses on the battlefields of World War I Europe.  Since then, Red Star has been rescuing animals of every kind and have been involved in virtually every major disaster relief effort from Pearl Harbor to 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, the Joplin, Missouri and Moore, Oklahoma tornadoes, the Japanese and Haitian earthquakes, and Superstorm Sandy.  Over just the past ten years Red Star teams have saved, helped and sheltered more than 80,000 animals.

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