AmericanHumane.org – American Humane Association’s renowned Red Star Rescue team deployed to Tennessee at the request of the City of Bartlett Animal Control to participate in a dramatic early morning raid 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.
“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 miniature horse in Fayette County who were being intentionally starved and dehydrated in the hot Tennessee summer.
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.