Dog droppings were scattered wall-to-wall where 60 puppies and dogs dominated the living space of a house in which three people had been trying their best to feed and care for them, Hancock Animal Shelter Director Toni Necaise said.
It was a clear case of animal hoarding, though the dogs appeared to have adequate food and water, Necaise said.
All 60 are the same breed — the oldest being about 12, indicating the pack had “interbred and multiplied” from generation to generation, she said.
The home on Arizona Street in Bay St. Louis was owned by a man who died Friday. When police showed up, they saw the dogs and called the shelter.
“It was sad,” Necaise said. “The husband died and all of the dogs were in the home. The wife and daughter surrendered them over to the shelter.”
It took numerous trips to bring the dogs to the shelter. A few, which appeared to have some injuries, were taken to a veterinarian.
Necaise said the shelter is in dire need of both help and supplies.
She said she is “slammed” as she and her team work to get the dogs ready for adoption.
The Hancock Animal Shelter is in need of dog food, puppy food, paper towels, cleaning supplies, latex gloves and volunteers.
If you can help
Where: Hancock Animal Shelter, 7175 Texas Flat Road, Kiln; 228-466-4516
Who: Volunteers are needed to help prepare 60 surrendered dogs for adoption
What: The shelter needs dog food, puppy food, paper towels, cleaning supplies, latex gloves