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More than 200 animals rescued; Volunteers needed

HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -

By Jessica Bowman – email

HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Hundreds of animals are now receiving some much needed care. The Harrison County Sheriff's Department along with the Humane Society of South Mississippi and many other volunteers spent Friday relocating more than 200 dogs to the County Farm.

Those animals were at the South Mississippi Animal Rescue Team and Refuge location off Landon Road. The owner of that facility was arrested earlier this week and is now facing animal cruelty charges.

As each dog stepped out of the moving trailer, they were individually placed in their temporary home.

"There's some animals that are older that had some major skin issues," Tara High said. "There are some animals with broken limbs or that appear to have broken limbs."

Interim Executive Director for the Humane Society of South Mississippi Tara High said they're receiving a lot of volunteer help to deal with all the animals. The Louisiana chapter of the ASPCA brought a veterinarian and a cruelty investigator to inspect each animal before it is brought to the make-shift shelter.

"Once we have all the animals on site we will be coordinating a very precise system managing caring for the animals," High said. "So we'll have feeding regiments, walking, they'll be bathed."

Harrison County Sheriff Melvin Brisolara said the 300 animals will be housed at this location until organizations are identified to relocate the animals.

"We're going to make sure these animals get to a good home," Sheriff Brisolara said.

"We're going to be identifying shelters, and shelters where we get assurance that they're not going to be euthenized when they get there," High said.

The attorney for Jonean Crowle, the previous owner of these animals, said her biggest goal is to make sure every animal lives, therefore she has been cooperating with authorities.

"As part of that, she did turn over custody of these animals and gave them over to the sheriff's office," Sean Tindell said.

Sheriff Brisolara said it is an unfortunate situation.

"We don't have enough resources alone to take care of this number of animals, and there's no way she could expect to do it on her own. And, you know, we just had to step in and give her some help," Sheriff Brisolara said.

High says some of the animals could be moved as early as Monday.

The Humane Society could certainly use some help, if you are interested in helping bathe and take care of the animals at the County Farm you can call (228) 822-3805.

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