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Dogs moving to County Farm Friday; Volunteers needed

HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - The first of hundreds of dogs from the South Mississippi Animal Rescue Team and Refuge (SMARTR) will be moved to the Harrison County Farm Friday afternoon.  The cats were moved earlier in the week.

Harrison County Sheriff's Deputies and Animal Control officers found more than 300 animals in poor conditions at the SMARTR location off Landon Road on Tuesday.  Owner Jonean Crowle was charged with multiple counts of animal cruelty.

The Humane Society of South Mississippi (HSSM), volunteers and other organizations have been helping care for the animals and prepare them to be moved to the Harrison County Farm.  HSSM is organizing more volunteers to help bathe and care for animals beginning Sunday. Anyone interested in volunteering can call the HSSM at (228) 806-5633.

Jode' Braxton-Hignight of HSSM says the organization is also collecting dog and cat toys for the animals, "We need donations of new and used toys.  Donations can be dropped of at the shelter."

The HSSM Shelter is located at 2615 Highway 49 in Gulfport.

PetSmart Charities has dispatched its Emergency Relief Waggin' to assist. The Emergency Relief Waggin' vehicle is stocked with $60,000 worth of crucial supplies, including pet food, wire crates, plastic carriers, bowls and leashes. The vehicle is also stocked with items such as fans, a generator, tents, a battery charger and lights to aid the animal rescuers on scene. The 53' trailer and its 16-ton cargo load departed the PetSmart Distribution Center in Newnan, Georgia on Thursday.

"This enables animal rescuers to focus on the animals and immediately tend to their medical needs. This type of well-executed, cooperative effort means that the helpless animal victims will get the assistance they need as quickly and efficiently as possible," said Susana Della Maddalena, executive director of PetSmart Charities, Inc.

WLOX reporter Jessica Bowman spent Friday afternoon at the County Farm as the first animals arrived. Watch her reports on WLOX News at 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. as well as WLOX.com.

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