Rescued dogs are ready for adoption

Image source: HSSM.
Image source: HSSM.

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - The Humane Society of South Mississippi (HSSM) has set an adoption date for the dogs rescued from an alleged puppy mill in Tylertown last week.

According to HSSM Marketing Specialist Krystyna Szczechowski, the adoptions for those dogs will be held on Saturday at 10 a.m.

"The dogs will be $150, according to our standing adoption fees. All adoptions are first come first serve. We'll give out numbers to people in the order that they are in line," Krystyna Szczechowski said. "We will probably adopt the vast majority of them."

The adoption fee includes the dog spayed or neutered, microchiped and an ID tag, 30 days pet health insurance, a free vet visit within 7 days, heartworm tests for all dogs over 6 months, starter bag of Hill's Science Diet Food and 10 percent off in the HSSM's Bow Wow Meow boutique.

Szczechowski said 80 to 85 percent of the dogs are heartworm positive.

"We are able to offer our normal standing have a heart program which pays for the medicine to treat heartworm," Szczechowski said.

She said heartworm is not directly transferable from dog to dog.

Long lines are expected on Saturday, but the HSSM is planning to make the adoptions as organized as possible. Anyone interested in completing an adoption will need a photo ID.

"These are the breeding adults for the most part they are not puppies. They are between the ages of 8 months and 8 years," Szczechowski said.

The dogs consist of primarily pure-bred Yorkies, Boston Terriers, Chihuahuas, and Dachshunds.

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