Abused dogs making a comeback
By Jody O’Hara
Apr 4, 2013, 13:34
Constant attention, medicine daily and several baths a week are working wonders on dogs seized from a Magnolia Community house March 19.
The Stone County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals took 30 of the 117 seized dogs to the Stone County Animal Shelter and SPCA Director Katie Stonnington said their recovery has been remarkable.
"They get medicine every day and they're getting baths three times a week," she said. "We're happy to say not one of the dogs in our care had to be put down as a result of the conditions in which they were found."
Stone County Sheriff Department Chief Deputy Phyllis Olds said Shirley Guy, the homeowner who had hoarded the dogs, leaving them to fend for themselves in a doublewide modular home, had been charged with 116 counts of animal neglect and one count of cruelty to animals.
Olds informed Guy she would be responsible for the costs of feeding, treating and rehabilitating the dogs.
For the 90 days it usually takes to get a judgement, the total amount would have been $23,520.
"She chose to surrender all the dogs rather than face the cost," Olds said. "That allowed us to send the animals to facilities where they could be rehabilitated and, hopefully, eventually adopted out to good homes."
Olds believes a judge can impose restrictions on Guy to make sure she doesn't own dogs in the future as well as mandate mental health counseling.
While SCSPCA took 30 dogs, several more were sent to Hattiesburg and 40 were placed in a rehabilitation center in Florida.
"The facility in Florida is more well equipped to cope and deal with that number of dogs," Olds said.
Two dogs had to be put down at the scene but the other 115 have survived the ordeal and are beginning the process of socialization.
"Some of them are doing remarkably well," Olds said. "They'll actually wag their tails and they're wanting to be sociable."
One, which had lost all of its fur, has been named Pinky by volunteers at the Stone County shelter because of its pink, healthy skin which may or may not regrow fur, depending on the severity of the parasites and disease which it contracted.
Pinky is a bundle of love and licks who seems to crave nothing but attention.
"There was one with just three legs that was ornery and didn't want to do anything but bite and fight when we got him out of the house," Olds said. "They named him Tripod and he ain't nothing but a big old baby."
The Stone County shelter is in need of supplies such as food, treats and medicine to care for the dogs.
Donations may be made at Stone County Hospital which will see to it that supplies reach the shelter.
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