Gulfport MS animal shelter needs donations after dog raids


The Humane Society of South Mississippi is in desperate need of the community’s help after taking 128 animals over the past two weeks in hoarding and foreclosure cases on the Mississippi Coast.

The most recent case of animal abuse occurred in Pass Christian on Thursday, when HSSM and several law enforcement agencies raided a home and rescued 69 dogs and a cat.

The couple who live at the home were arrested on Friday and charged with 70 animal cruelty charges.

Several of the dogs are pregnant, HSSM said on Facebook, with one giving birth to nine puppies Friday morning at the shelter in Gulfport.

Additionally, the HSSM team seized 11 chihuahuas in another hoarding case today.

“It is heartbreaking that this horrific neglect and abuse continues to occur in our own community,” the Humane Society said in its Facebook post.

The Chihuahuas will be available for adoption on Saturday.

Already struggling with overcrowding, HSSM is trying to raise $50,000 to upgrade an on-site warehouse to house 24 additional large dogs. If they collect the money, an anonymous donor will match it.

“With the number of animals arriving, there is no doubt that this is desperately needed.” says HSSM.

Those interested in donating can call the animal shelter at 228-822-3802.

HSSM is also asking for donations including dog bowls, dog food, towels, rags and cleaning supplies to help deal with the influx of animals.

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Eleven chihuahuas were seized by the Humane Society of South Mississippi on Friday, March 11, 2022, after two dog raids in two weeks. Courtesy of The Humane Society of Southern Mississippi

This story was originally published March 11, 2022 6:03 p.m.

Justin Mitchell is the Sun Herald’s Senior News Editor and works on McClatchy’s Audience Engagement and Development team. It also reports on LGBTQ issues in the Deep South, with a particular focus on Mississippi.

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