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UPDATE: 11 dogs arrive at HES after Arkansas animal hoarding case

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A few of the rescued dogs. Humane Society photo A few of the rescued dogs. Humane Society photo
CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -

UPDATE: Eleven dogs are getting a new chance at life in Chattanooga after being seized in an Arkansas hoarding case.

The Humane Educational Society said 46 dogs were rescued from a home last month.

HES officials said the dogs were forced to live in deplorable conditions and were stuck in crates without food or water.

Now, some of them have found a new temporary home at HES Chattanooga.

Workers from the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) dropped off the 11 dogs at HES on Tuesday night.

Many of the rescued dogs are sick, and some have never had any human contact.

Volunteers have already started working to get these animals healthy enough for new homes.

They have burns on their skin, eye and ear infections, parasites, and are heartworm positive.

Over the next few weeks, volunteers will nurse them back to health.

"It's an emotional experience for the volunteers who come and do this," said MaryAnn Davis, who helps socialize rescued animals become adoption-ready.

Davis said, at first, many of the dogs are scared, and can be hesitant to trust humans.

"I saw some of the dogs as they came in. They're afraid," she said with tears in her eyes. "But their lives have changed. It's only forward from here."

The animals were rescued by HSUS. HES is one of their emergency placement partners.

"This is money that we have to come up with. We're not budgeted for this," said Bob Citrullo, HES Director. "None of the funding comes from taxpayers."

In serious situations, like this one, HES will take in dogs from outside the Tennessee Valley.

"I believe it's the right thing to do," Citrullo said. "Somebody needs to care for these animals."

HES said some of the dogs will be ready for adoption in a few weeks.

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PREVIOUS STORY: A group of 11 dogs, part of 46 canines rescued from a central Arkansas hoarder, are being brought to the Humane Educational Society in Chattanooga Tuesday.

Both HES and the Humane Society of the United States are helping in the rescue.

HES says the animals were seized from a home in Redfield, AR and were forced to live in crates without food and water.

The dogs were living in filthy conditions, and suffering from mange and heart worms.

Kim Alboum, director of the Emergency Placement Partners program for The Humane Society of the United States, said:

“Our Emergency Placement Partners are a crucial element in The HSUS’ national mission to rescue animals from cruelty situations. Our partners in Florida and Tennessee are ready and waiting to get these pups started on the next part of their journey.”

Once the dogs arrive in Chattanooga, they will be examined and cared for before becoming available for adoption.

Be sure to watch Channel 3 Eyewitness News tonight for more on this story.

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