PEARL RIVER COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - The number of dogs confiscated from a Picayune home now stands at 76. As we told you Monday, a Picayune couple has been arrested for what police say is a growing list of animal neglect and cruelty charges.
Lynne Hackney and her husband, Milles Allen, have since bonded out of jail, but as WLOX News found out, nursing the animals back to health has become a community affair.
Animal shelter leaders say the 76 Australian Cattle Dogs that found a safe haven here are now getting the love, attention and exercise they need.
"These dogs were bred to herd cattle. They are bred to run. They need open spaces," said shelter volunteer Cindy Cashion.
Those needs are something Cashion and the other volunteers say the dogs have been deprived of for far to long. Hackney and Allen are accused of leaving the animals unattended for weeks in a closed up home.
"I have a big heart for these dogs, and for somebody to treat these dogs like they did, it makes me angry and it makes me sad," said Cashion.
"I've grown up with animals all my life, and I have a heart out for them, and it's terrible what people do to them," said volunteer Stacy Leslie.
Some of the dogs welcomed the outdoors play while others required a little coaxing. Cashion says it's the result of the trauma the dogs recently went through.
"This one is just scared to death. Somebody has hurt this dog badly," said Cashion.
Shelter leaders say most of the animals have some type of medical need that will be taken care of here.
"Some of them have their teeth worn down from biting to get out of the cage for so long. Some of them have skin conditions. Some of them have open wounds," explained Bobbie Shute, President of Animal Advocates of Pearl River County.
Donations for the care of the dogs continue to come in. Now, a judge must determine what's next for the animals.
The judge hearing the case is expected to make an announcement about the dogs' future sometime next week. The shelter is still in need of volunteers and donations .
Anyone wanting to help is asked to call the shelter at 985-630-9191.
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