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Dramatic Rescue Effort Launched To Save Six Horses In Cruelty Investigation

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American Humane Association’s Red Star® Rescue Team, Sponsored by MARS Petcare US, Deploys to Save, Rehabilitate, and Care for Starving Animals in Lauderdale County

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 31, 2014 —American Humane Association’s renowned Red Star® Animal Emergency Services Team is on scene in Tennessee at the request of the 25th Judicial District Attorney General’s Office to take part in a rescue in the vicinity of Gates. The mission is to rescue, rehabilitate, and care for six horses reported to be in horrendous condition. According to informed veterinary sources, some of the horses’ body scores are only a “1” out of a possible “9.” The deployment of the Red Star program is being made possible by presenting sponsor MARS Petcare US.

The horses are being removed and taken to a facility where they will be given food, medical treatment, and intensive care until they are out of danger.

“We were horrified when we saw these animals,” said Justin L. Scally, national director of Humane Intervention & Emergency Services for American Humane Association. “Some of these animals were literally at death’s door – mere living, breathing skeletons, when we arrived and we can only hope we can save as many of them as we can. With the help of our good friend and veterinarian Dr. Jennifer Dunlap, we will work vigorously – around the clock – to nurse these animals back to health. Their conditions are critical.

This is not the first time that American Humane Association’s Red Star team has deployed to assist in a cruelty case in the area. Earlier this year, the team participated in a raid in Fayette County, rescuing 18 starving horses and a mule. Two years ago, 141 dogs were rescued after being found 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 those 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 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 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. MARS Petcare US, makers of PEDIGREE® food for dogs, is the presenting sponsor of the Red Star program. American Humane Association expresses its grateful thanks to them for helping to make such deployments possible.

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