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Officials request help in treating 128 animals rescued in Kentucky

LEBANON, TN (WSMV) -

One week ago, more than 120 animals were rescued from a Wayne County, Kentucky home where officials said their living conditions were deplorable. The Animal Rescue Corps has been grooming animals and helping them develop socialization skills at a Lebanon warehouse on Carver Lane. Volunteers said they still desperately need the public's help to keep going.

"Their entire existence has been spent in a two foot by two foot cage for the most part," said Scotlund Haisley of ARC. "Most of them have not felt the solid Earth below their paws. Many of them had overgrown nails, extreme matting and were extremely thin with internal and external parasites."

ARC officials said their usual Tennessee State Fair operation site wasn't available. Being set up at a Lebanon warehouse, officials said they're just not seeing the same resources.

"This rescue's going to cost us $45,000 to $50,000 dollars," said Haisley. "We have not paid for this rescue yet. We desperately need the financial contributions to pay for this rescue."

Officials said they're also calling for more volunteers, blankets and towels.

ARC said owner Clara Preat has not released custody of the animals, meaning they're not sure how long they'll be housing them through the judicial process.

"We may have these dogs for days, weeks or even over a year," said Haisley. "We don't know that yet."

Officials with ARC said they'll turn over all pictures, video and matted fur to the Wayne County Attorney's Office Friday. They're asking for a charge of 129 counts of animal cruelty toward Preat.

If you want to volunteer or make a donation to ARC, visit http://animalrescuecorps.org.

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