A wiggly little black and white bundle of fur wasn’t what Austin Thompson expected to find when he arrived at the Jackson County Animal Shelter on Friday morning.
The male puppy was tied to a post below the steps to the building in Gautier. Although the landing provided some morning shade, the puppy had no food or water in the already hot and humid atmosphere typical of August in South Mississippi. Thompson, a caretaker at the shelter, told others what he found, and adoption coordinator Maridee Mallette got video of the puppy.
“To surrender an animal is only $15. Come on!” Mallette says in the video, which shows the docile puppy enjoying gentle ear rubs from Thompson.
The surrender fee for two or more animals is $30. People who want to surrender an animal are asked to call for an appointment to bring them to the shelter and to pay the fee, which helps the shelter with boarding and keeping all housed animals healthy, Mallette said.
The shelter has had several incidents in which people have scheduled surrenders, only to dump the animals out nearby and drive away without talking to anyone at the shelter or paying the fee, she said.
As for the puppy, “He’s doing well. I’d say he’s a border collie mix. He’s doing OK, and he’s up for adoption,” Mallette said Tuesday.
He’s been named Flurry and is available for a $50 adoption fee, which includes neutering, rabies vaccination, an examination by a veterinarian and other services.
The same day, the Jackson County Animal Shelter got another surprise.
“Two very nice men found a puppy with mange and brought him in Friday,” Mallette said. “He’s at Lakeview Animal Hospital in D’Iberville right now getting treated. He looks like a Chihuahua mix. His mange was so bad, it was hard to tell. And we’ve named him Lucky.”