TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) — More than sixty dogs rescued in Tippah County now have a temporary home in Tupelo.
It's never easy to see animals beaten, abused and fighting to live. "One would think we would get use to it," said Humane Society of The United States worker Ashley Mauceri. "But we never really get use to seeing animal cruelty or seeing animals suffer."
It's something workers for Humane Society workers see everyday, and this time, it brings them to Northeast Mississippi.
On Monday, workers rescued 65 dogs from a home in Blue Mountain, many of which were on the brink of death.
"They had a lack of food, lack of shelter, disgusting water," explained worker Jennifer Kulina-Lanese. "There were obvious injuries and illnesses."
It took workers eight hours to round up, rescue the dogs and bring them to a warehouse in Tupelo.
Now, not only do the animals have hope, but the workers have something to cling to.
"Hope is the only think that keeps us going," Mauceri said. "Knowing that so many people are out there that believe animals deserve justice and deserve to be care for is comforting."
The dogs are now safe but not necessarily out of the woods. For the next several weeks, maybe months, they'll get extensive vet care.
"We're taking a good look from the tip of their noses to the tip of their tail for any injuries or illnesses that need to be treated," Kulina-Lanese said.
Just one day in, they've found many dogs with tics, fleas and worms. Even worse, some have opened wounds, fractured bones and broken paws.
Besides medical remedies, the dogs are getting something else, something they've never known before: love and affection.
"There's nothing like being part of a rescue like this," Maseru said. "Just looking at their faces at the end makes it all worth it."
*Editor's note: The dogs are not being held at the Tupelo-Lee Humane Society. They're being held an at undisclosed location for their safety.
Tupelo-Lee Humane Society will not be the ones to adopt the dogs out; it's under the control of the Humane Society of The United States.
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