16 rescued Australian Cattle Dogs set to leave PRC shelter
October 30, 2014 at 2:58 AM CDT - Updated July 21 at 2:40 AM
PEARL RIVER COUNTY, MS (WLOX)
Things are looking up for the animals rescued in a neglect and cruelty case in Pearl River County. You may recall, a Picayune couple was arrested after authorities say they found 69 Australian Cattle Dogs living in filthy and deplorable conditions.
The dogs were seized and taken to the Pearl River County SPCA Animal Shelter where they are being nursed back to health from ailments ranging from malnutrition to infected scars and bruises.
As WLOX News found out, some of the dogs are ready to be placed in loving homes.
What a difference three weeks of medical attention, tender love and care can make.
When our cameras captured the dogs on video a day after they were brought to the shelter, volunteers had to drag cattle dog number 27 out of her kennel. Shelter leaders say her introverted state was a sign of abuse and neglect.
Today, 27 is people friendly and ready to play.
"Oh my goodness, we've seen enormous changes. When the dogs first came, their tails were tucked. They were all in a very timid situation, crouched down. Some of them wouldn't even walk," said shelter volunteer Dara Hooper.
All 69 dogs have undergone medical care. Shelter leaders say they were treated for a variety of injuries and illnesses.
"There are an awful lot of ear infections. Some of them are really severe. They've been to the vet a couple of times, some scrapes and bruises. One senior dog looked like he had bite marks around his neck that we're still working on healing. We were very pleasantly surprised. Out of the 69 dogs, we only came up with 10 that were heart worm positive," said shelter Director Judy Wheaton.
The first group of cattle dogs will leave the shelter this weekend. A rescue organization that specifically handles the cattle dog breed will find loving homes for them.
"There will be about 16 of them going. A lot of them, the young puppies which really need to get out of the shelter environment, they are looking at being able to pick them up either Saturday or Sunday. In order to get them loaded up on a transport bus, we need to get our friendly vet to do health certificates, because that is the legal requirement of transporting multiple dogs across state lines," said Wheaton.
The dogs will travel to the northeast.
"I'm just so happy for all the animals. I wasn't sure of what their faith was going to be, and now I can see a bright future," explained Hooper.
Lynne Hackney and her husband, Miles Allen, are scheduled to go to court on Dec. 3, to face animal neglect and cruelty charges.