STONE COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - The Humane Society of the United States recognized Stone County Chief Deputy Phyllis Olds Tuesday for her work in protecting animals from abusive situations.
HSUS State Director Lydia Sattler presented Olds with the 2013 Humane Law Enforcement award at a ceremony at the county court house. In the last year Olds has been instrumental in shutting down dog and cock fighting rings, puppy mills, and hoarding cases and she's been involved in the rescue of more than 150 animals.
These animals don't have a voice, but they are God's creatures too," said Olds. "Once we get an animal we need to love them, care for them, and we don't need to abuse them."
"She's not just saving animals, she's also protecting the community and I think that's something that can't be ignored," said Sattler.
In the last five years there have been more than 40 animal cruelty convictions in cases Olds has been involved with.