HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Friday was round two of vet checks for the animals seized from a puppy mill in North Mississippi. Staff with The Humane Society of the United States, The Humane Society of South Mississippi and The Atlanta Humane Society were out at the County Farm Road Barn giving checkups to the nearly 60 pups being housed there.
Some of the pups are still a little skittish, while others have warmed up to the attention. The good news is the vets believe all of the animals will eventually be able to be placed in forever homes.
"We are seeing primarily just the puppy mill issues," Humane Society of South Mississippi Executive Director Tara High said. "But nothing that a little time and a little love can't fix."
"We found some with dental issues. They are going to get dental cleanings, some extractions that sort of thing," the Humane Society of South Mississippi's Krystyna Schmitt said. "Skin issues, a lot of fleas, some were underweight, some were not, and so really it was what we expected."
By the weekend, all of the 123 rescued pups, and the newborn pup, will be vaccinated and checked by vets. Having extra help from staff at the Atlanta Humane Society has helped speed up the process.
"It's been a wonderful, gratifying experience and we were so glad to be able to a part of the effort," Atlanta Humane Society VP of Medical Services Dr. Gloria Dorsey said.
Dr. Dorsey and four others from Atlanta have been helping since Tuesday. The group will soon be working with Executive Director Tara High, who is wrapping up her last day at the Humane Society of South Mississippi and heading to Atlanta.
"I was actually supposed to have finished my work here with The Humane Society of South Mississippi a week ago, so when we started getting information, HSUS asked for our assistance, I called and made arrangements for an extension," High said. "Atlanta Humane, great organization, and they asked if they could assist us and they have been a tremendous help."
High said she leaves with full confidence the others at the Humane Society will be able to continue nursing these pups back to health and be able to find them loving families.
Monday, the Humane Society will begin spaying and neutering the pets. If you would like to help, they are still looking for paper towels, Clorox wipes, small treats, and peanut butter.