Wednesday, February 26 2014, 07:00 PM EST
Puppies Tossed Aside on Signal Mountain Rescued
Seven tiny puppies are growing stronger, thanks to Arianna Nichols, and her boyfriend Ryan. They had been tipped that the puppies needed rescuing, and finally discovered a whimpering box, 12 feet down a steep ridge on Signal Mountain.
"There was broken glass, thorns. They were crying," said Arianna.
Arianna said the two of them had to go through, and pick the thorns out of the crying puppies.
Sadly, this is not an isolated occurrence.
April Bowden and Debra Lancaster-Lyons, volunteers with the Marion Animal Resource Connection , took us to Mullins Cove Rd. to show us just how big a problem it is.
"It's out in the middle of nowhere and people come to dump dogs out here," said Bowden.
They introduced us to a man who lives with more than 20 dogs on his property, and inside his home. MARC has already rescued 21 of them.
All of the dogs are a result of the family taking in strays and then not spaying and neutering them.
"Its a very sad situation," said Lancaster-Lyons. "It makes us feel very helpless. We're a bunch of volunteers. We don't get county support."
Fortunately, they say this problem is one that is slowly starting to resolve, just not quickly enough.
"In our first year there were tons of animals dumped," Bowden said. "Since then, people are learning they can call for help before they dump, things are getting better."
As for the little puppies, they will be staying with Arianna, and her family until they are strong enough to be placed in foster homes with MARC, and then find permanent homes.