Harrison County

HSSM has to stop accepting new arrivals after 99 dogs seized in Saucier (Updated 3 p.m.)

The Humane Society of South Mississippi shut its doors to new arrivals today because of overcrowding, in part from the seizure Thursday night of 99 animals brought in through an animal cruelty investigation.

Shelter officials are seeking foster families to temporarily care for some of the dogs, taken from a Saucier woman's home. HSSM and county animal control officers seized 99 dogs from a home on Road 219 in Saucier.

Sheriff's Maj. Tony Sauro said Veronica Quinn is charged with 99 counts of animal cruelty. The charges are misdemeanors. She was given citations with orders to appear in court at a later date.

Tara High, HSSM interim director, said foster families are needed immediately to help care for the animals for one to two weeks. They are being checked by veterinarians at the shelter, which doesn't have room to house all the new arrivals. anyone interested can contact HSSM at 863-3354.

"We are 100 animals over maximum capacity due to yesterday's seizure and I refuse to euthanize animals that are currently in our shelter just to make room for more to come in," High said today.

Read more in Saturday's editions of the Sun Herald.