COPIAH COUNTY, Miss. (WLBT) - Over 100 Shih Tzu dogs were rescued from deplorable conditions in Crystal Springs.
The Mississippi Animal Rescue League along with the Copiah Animal Shelter along with All About Animals Veterinary Clinic are treating dozens of animals that were rescued on Thursday.
Director Debra Boswell from MARL says that they were contacted by the city of Crystal Springs to help remove the animals. They planned on 50 to 60 animals but were overwhelmed when they discovered over 100. 60 dogs were brought back to MARL.
Sheriff Bryan Bailey with Rankin County Sheriff’s Department provided help with transport to the shelter with their air conditioned trailer.
Kathy Friday with the Copiah County Animal Shelter says that their shelter took in 48 dogs and five cats. She says the task is overwhelming for the small non-profit shelter. Right now, they are focusing on assessing the dogs’ health by getting them bathed and shaved. Many of the dogs have matted hair from not being groomed for so long. The mats are being removed so they can see the extent of the health of these animals. Thankfully, volunteers have jumped in to help with the grooming process.
They have an amazon wish list with items needed, if you would like to donate.
Friday says that some of the animals are in better condition than others but it will take time to address all of their health and nutritional needs. That means the pups won’t be up for adoption just yet.
Both shelters say they are in desperate need of donations as they try and care for these pets.
The Copiah County Animal shelter is asking for news papers, towels, and funding for the animal’s food and care.
If you would like to help you can call 601-954-6447 or 601-892-7512.
The Shih Tzu pups are not yet adoptable because of their conditions. Once the legal process is complete they will be available for adoption through Copiah Animal Shelter. The shelter is asking for patience while they help these animals get well.
MARL says they are in need of experienced volunteer groomers and Pedigree Small Bites dog food.