Local animal advocate recognized by Humane Society of the United States

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A staunch local animal advocate from the Southern Pines Animal Shelter has been recognized by  the Humane Society of the United States for her work in helping animals who are victims of cruelty.

Katherine Sammons from the Southern Pines Animal Shelter was recently awarded the Humane Hero Award for 2014. Sammons is the operations manager for the shelter and founder of the Mississippi Animal Advocacy Group. In 2013 she was called on by the HSUS to participate in several cases of animal cruelty and abuse that resulted in the rescue of well over 200 animals from abusive situations. Through her advocacy group, she has supported the HSUS efforts to get legislators to stiffen penalties for people convicted of animal cruelty.

"People who work at vet offices and shelters genuinely see the worst side of humanity when it comes to animals ," said Sammons. "We are the ones who have to see every single day the cruelty, the neglect, that goes on in the communities, with us being their voice. The animals have no voice."

Sammons said the longer she works at the shelter and the more she sees, the more passionate she is about helping every animal she can.

Lydia Sattler, State Director for the HSUS said one of the reasons was recognized was her tireless work to help defeat the King Amendment to the Farm Bill that would have blocked state laws protecting animals.

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