Springhill authorities and the Humane Society of Louisiana rescue 14 cats and a dog from a residence – Minden Press-Herald

The group is seeking donations for their care

(Springhill, LA) – Acting on a tip, Springhill Police Department Officer Fannie Rankin visited a residence Wednesday, May 18, on Second Street NW. Inside, Officer Rankin counted 11 cats, 3 kittens and a dog living in squalid conditions, with urine, feces and rubbish covering the floor of every room. The dog, a white and brown pit bull terrier mix named Bonnie, had open wounds and needed immediate veterinary attention. The family turned over the 14 cats and the dog to Kristy Nix and her partner Emmett Logan, who accepted the animals on behalf of the Humane Society of Louisiana (HSLA). One cat gave birth to two kittens, but all the other cats have been neutered and are ready for adoption or transport to another rescue organization. A local veterinary clinic treated the dog for skin allergies and a severe flea infestation. All animals are doing much better and should make a full recovery. The majority of the cats were gray tabbies.

HSLA is no stranger to the area, having accepted 29 dogs from a similar situation in Springhill a few months ago and taking custody of several dogs from the Bienville Parish Sheriff’s Office last year. Sheriff’s deputies investigated several complaints, arrested the owners, and turned over the dogs and two snakes to the Humane Society.

Like many parishes and towns in rural Louisiana, neither Webster Parish nor Springhill operate public shelters that will house stray or confiscated animals, so they must rely on private humanitarian organizations to provide these services. But these services are not cheap. In the next legislative session, HSLA plans to ask lawmakers to fund the construction of additional public animal shelters.

HSLA expects housing, food costs and veterinary care for both rescues to cost several thousand dollars. Those wishing to donate can send a check or money order to HSLA, PO Box 740321, New Orleans, LA 70174, or contribute online at its website at www.humanela.org. All donations are tax deductible.

“We thank the Springhill Police Department for once again ensuring the animals in their town are properly cared for and Kristy Nix and Emmett, our go-to rescuers in this area, for coordinating the logistics of moving these wonderful pets in a safe place,” says Jeff. Dorson, founder and director of HSLA. “They deserve everyone’s respect and appreciation for their selfless efforts,” adds Dorson.

Founded in 1988, HSLA is one of the largest animal rights organizations in the state and operates the Enoch J. Donaldson Animal Sanctuary, located in Mt. Hermon, Louisiana.

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