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August 17, 2010

Dogs in Pascagoula, Miss., Rescued After Call for Help

118 dogs used for breeding surrendered to animal rescue team

  • The 118 dogs rescued in Mississippi are now in the care of The Humane Society of Broward County. Mindy Gilbert/The HSUS

  • The dogs, ranging from a few day-old puppies to adult dogs, were removed one by one and evaluated and vaccinated by the veterinary team. Mindy Gilbert/The HSUS

  • Water buckets meant for drinking provided little respite from the heat for the dogs living outside. Mindy Gilbert/The HSUS

  • Outdoor living conditions of the dogs rescued in Mississippi. Mindy Gilbert/The HSUS

by Justin Scally

More than 100 dogs are now on their way to beginning new lives. The Humane Society of the United States was asked to assist the Pascagoula Police Department in Mississippi last week with the surrender of 118 breeding dogs. The dogs are now in the care of The Humane Society of Broward County in Florida.

Lydia Sattler, The HSUS's Mississippi state director, put the rescue into motion within hours of receiving a call for help. The animals were assessed by a team of veterinarians in an unprecedented timeframe with the assistance of staff and volunteers from The HSUS and from local organizations, including The Humane Society of South Mississippi.

Beating the heat

The team of veterinarians, including students from The Mississippi University College of Veterinary Medicine, worked for hours in the hot and humid southern sun to examine each and every dog. The dogs, ranging from a few day-old puppies to adult dogs, were removed one by one and were evaluated and vaccinated by the veterinary team.

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After hours of assessing the animals on the property, the 118 dogs waited patiently for the next step in their rescue: the transport. As the sun began to set and the heat began to dissipate, a team of six arrived from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to help load and drive the dogs to The Humane Society of Broward County where they will receive further care and be placed for adoption.

Calming down

The excited barking inside the kennels began to quiet as each animal was carried onto a transport vehicle. Soon, the dogs were on their way, resting quietly as they began their long journey home.

Justin Scally is manager of The HSUS's Puppy Mills Task Force.

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