Pine Belt folks assist in two Alcorn County puppy mill rescues

Pine Belt folks assist in two Alcorn County puppy mill rescues

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Some animal advocates from the Pine Belt were instrumental in the rescue of around 170-animals from two separate puppy mills in Alcorn County Wednesday.

The rescue was headed up by the Humane Society of the United States who called in the local folks for help.

"It's huge, obviously we don't have a shelter and we work nationally with all kind of rescue groups and shelter across the country,"said Lydia Sattler, HSUS State Director. "They assist us in rescues very often."

There were many type of animals seized in the rescue, from cats to dogs to ducks, and pigs. They all went to organizations that were capable of being able to care for them. Though the Southern Pines Animal Shelter didn't take any of the animals in, Dr. Alicia Hatch from the Spay and Neuter Clinic and Ginny Sims and Katherine Sammons from the shelter were there to help get the animals out.

"Being able to get out there, getting on the ground, working with the professionals at HSUS, we're always learning new things that we can bring back to our community to use in smaller local cases," said Sammons.

While the rescue was in progress, the folks back at the All Animal Clinic on Oak Grove Road were preparing to take in some of the cats that were rescued. In all they took in 11.

"Our staff met them here at 9 p.m. and got them fed and watered and got them into a litter box and bedded down," said Dr. Kirk Frazier, All Animal Clinic Veterinarian. "For the most part they seem to be in really good shape."

Dr. Frazier said the cats will get a good examination and medical care they may need.