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The HSUS Helps Rescue More Than 100 Dogs from Mississippi Hoarder

Life-saving mission brings together The HSUS, local rescuers, and the MSU College of Veterinary Medicine


A coalition came together today at a rural property near Macon, Miss., to rescue approximately 108 dogs who were living in deplorable conditions.

The Humane Society of the United States’ Animal Rescue Team worked with the Starkville Police Department Animal Control, Waveland Animal Shelter, Rankin County Sheriff's Department, and the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine’s Shelter Medicine Program to aid these suffering dogs.

The animals were surrendered by a woman who was unable to care for the large number of animals she had accumulated. The dogs are now in the custody of The HSUS.

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"The Humane Society of the United States is relieved to remove these dogs from deplorable conditions and give them the care they so desperately need," said Lydia Sattler, Mississippi state director for The HSUS. "Although she started with good intentions, it is now clear that the dogs' owner is unable to properly care for such a large number of animals."

Dogs were dirty and sick

When responders arrived on the scene Tuesday morning they found breeds ranging from hound mixes to Labrador retriever mixes housed throughout the property. Many of the dogs suffered from medical ailments such as skin infections, untreated wounds and other serious ailments. The dogs were being allowed to reproduce and several pregnant dogs were rescued. They were being housed in feces-ridden outdoor pens with little protection from the elements.

This rescue was set into motion by local citizens who were concerned about unsanitary conditions. They observed animals in need of veterinary care and reached out to The HSUS for assistance with animal handling, transportation, sheltering, and much-needed supplies. PetSmart Charities® donated food and sheltering supplies to the rescue efforts. 

All of the animals are being safely removed and transported to an emergency shelter where they will be examined by a team of veterinarians and receive any necessary immediate medical attention. The HSUS and our National Disaster Animal Response Team volunteers will provide daily care to the animals until they are transported to partner shelters for evaluation and adoption.

Email the contact below to obtain photos and video of the rescue.

Media Contact: Jordan Crump, 240-654-2964, jcrump@humanesociety.org           

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