Magnolia may be the puppy that most touched the hearts of those working in the horrible heat and humidity to rescue the two dozen or so dogs from an abandoned farmhouse in rural Coahoma County, Mississippi. The farmhouse is not in Tunica County, where the Tunica Humane Society (THS) is located, but the volunteers at THS couldn’t turn their backs on the dogs desperately in need of rescue.
Magnolia is not only the most loving of all the dogs rescued so far, she is also perhaps the sickest. She has a severe secondary infection from mange, and the volunteers have never seen a puppy with the number of fleas they found on this poor dog. The volunteer wrote:
It brings me to tears when I think of the pain and discomfort this baby has endured in the first few months of her young life. Magnolia loves all of us. She is the most special little soul.”
The Tunica Humane Society has documented the rescue attempts on their Facebook page. There are photos of one of the dogs getting the first bath of his life. The bathers commented that he must have been miserable with the thousands of fleas on his body!
In response to a critical comment on Facebook wondering why Tunica Humane Society was sending some of the dogs to other rescues, they wrote: “THS has over 140 dogs in our care at the moment. We are working tirelessly to rescue these dogs from a horrific situation. We are partnering with other reputable rescue organizations to place these animals in loving homes. They will get everything they need and more. We aren’t busting our butts in 110 degree weather to “ship these dogs off.” This is a well-planned rescue effort to save these dogs that were abandoned. If you would like to know all of the details before commenting, please review the posts on our Facebook page.”
As of earlier today, the tireless volunteers from Tunica Humane Society had made four trips to Coahoma County to the abandoned house to try to get the dogs. Here is a video titled “Operation Delta Dogs, Day 4,”of the volunteers approaching the last two dogs they caught. They have caught 15 so far.
From this point on, catching the remaining dogs will become much more difficult. They have seen their pack disappearing one by one over the last the few days and that has made them extremely cautious. Sandy wrote: “It took me quite awhile to lead them from the woods back to the house. But once they caught the smell of chicken in the air, we had them. With these 2 today, we have now rescued 15 abandoned dogs from this property.”
There is more information on the Tunica Humane Society Facebook thread.