A homeless man who had been caring for a large pack of dogs for over sixteen years was recently forced to surrender his pack to an animal rescue organization.
Animal Rescue Corps recovered the dogs from an area of the Natchez Trace State Park, where the unidentified man was living. The surrounding community became concerned about the well-being of the dogs after the homeless man's health began to fail.
"He wasn't going to address his medical needs until he knew his dogs were safe," Animal Rescue Corps president Scotlund Haisley said.
"There are several men that have known this man for years," he explained to The Dodo. "They have provided support to him at different times over the years. After many attempts to convince him to accept a home and medical help -- he has finally agreed on the condition that all the dogs could be provided a home."
Haisley said that the dogs suffered from a multitude of injuries, including broken bones, broken teeth as well as cuts and scrapes. The homeless man will not face any charges because he voluntarily surrendered the animals. Both the animals and their former caretaker are now receiving treatment for their health issues.
"It was a very interesting, unique situation," Haisley said. "I wouldn't call it hoarding, and he wasn't abusing or neglecting the animals for profit. He was providing care for the animals."