Shelter animals rescued

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, under the authority and request of the city of Clarksdale, MS., has dispatched its field investigations and response team to assist in the removal of more than 400 dogs and cats from a local animal shelter.

ASPCA responders arrived early Sunday morning and are leading the effort to remove and transport animals from the City of Clarksdale Animal Shelter.

The ASPCA is also working with local authorities to establish a temporary shelter for the animals, which include 40 cats and about 320 small and large-breed dogs.

The ASPCA team will begin removing animals once an emergency shelter site has been established.