Seized puppy mill dogs nearly ready to go to new homes

Gracie, rescued from puppy mill, now at Southern Pines
Gracie, rescued from puppy mill, now at Southern Pines

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Most of the dogs seized from a puppy mill in Stone County are nearly ready to be adopted and go their new homes.

A total of 74 puppies and dogs were seized in a raid conducted by the Stone County Sheriff's Department and several national and local animal welfare agencies.

Fifty-two of the animals were sent to the Humane Society of South Mississippi Shelter on the coast and 22 to the Southern Pines Animal Shelter in Hattiesburg. All had been living in deplorable conditions and were suffering from various medical problems.

The shelter on coast says 42 of the animals will be ready for adoption Friday. Ten others have more serious medical problems and will be put in foster care while they are being treated.

Southern Pines already has applications for ten of the dogs and could be released to their new homes by Friday.

Shelter manager Katherine Sammons says many of the remaining 12 have skin and eye problems which has temporarily hurt their appearance. But she says they will recover from these problems quickly and will become beautiful dogs.

The shelter is continuing to take applications for the remaining 12 from the puppy mill and they too could be ready to go home as soon as Friday.

Sammons added that the Humane Society of the United States will continue to pay for medical treatment for the problems the animals incurred in the puppy mill.

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