Dogs rescued from puppymill leave with new owners

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Adoptions at the Humane Society of South Mississippi (HSSM) were steady Saturday afternoon. That's because more than 50 of the 102 dogs rescued from the Tylertown puppymill were adopted.

Prospective adopters stood in line as early as Friday to get first pick of the dogs. Pamela Brown was first in line. She started waiting at 10 p.m. giving her plenty of time to figure out which one she wanted.

"A Yorkshire Terrier. And her name is gonna be Pasley. And I have her dress here waiting for her," Pamela Brown said.

The rescued dogs consisted of high dollar, small, pure bred Boston Terriers, Dachshunds, Chihuahuas and Yorkies.
"Some friends of mine that are with me have a specific dog that they want. I'm just hoping get the personality of the dog," Christopher Reasor said.

These eager adopters were exactly what the HSSM says the dogs needed considering their former life at a puppy mill dubbed by the humane society as the House of Horrors.

"The kennels were rusted shut covered in cob webs and a weird layer of just dog hair that had been there for years," HSSM Marketing Specialist Krystyna Szczechowski said.

Before their rescue the dogs had little human interaction and a majority of them are heart worm positive.

"Be patient anybody who is going to adopt a puppy mill animal, just patients is key. They are not going to be house trained. They are not going to know couches and t.v.'s," Szczechowski said.

Patricia Terrell knows how she'll be treating her new pooch.

"She'll have all the basics. I've got a sign that hangs on my living room wall that says the home of a spoiled rotten dog. And that's exactly what they'd be at my house," Terrell said.

Many of dogs will rest their paws for the first time on Saturday night in air conditioned homes with loving families.

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