8 injured, sick dogs rescued

By The Associated Press

MACON, Miss. (AP) — More than 100 dogs — some covered with bite wounds, suffering from broken bones, or with skin problems — have been rescued from a home near Macon that was meant to be their refuge.

Elaine Jewell, president of a 14-year-old nonprofit organization called Animal Rescue Foundation, intended to care for and shelter the animals at her home but became overwhelmed.

Personnel from the Humane Society of the United States, who led the rescue Tuesday, seized 108 dogs, and rescuers are still trying to capture five others. They estimate at one time as many as 200 were living on the property.

The Clarion-Ledger (http://on.thec-l.com/vG0wT9 ) reported on Saturday that 16 dogs had to be euthanized.

Mississippi State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine is treating 10 others, including a dog with a painful ear infection and another whose femur had been broken and hip dislocated for what looked like weeks. That dog required surgery.

Many of the dogs can be treated and are adoptable.

Jewell doesn’t face any charges but has agreed to monthly monitoring of her property to make sure she doesn’t again begin collecting animals.

Jewell surrendered ownership of the 108 dogs, but was allowed to keep four Chihuahuas as indoor pets.

Also, she has been barred from leading any organization with a 501(c)3 status. Because Animal Rescue Foundation received less than $4,000 annually in funding, she did not have to report its financial activities to the secretary of state’s office.

Another registered organization called Animal Rescue Foundation, which appears to be connected to Jewell’s, is headed by Lisa Henderson of Louisville, according to records filed with the secretary of state.

Henderson, president of Preston General Store, did not return a phone call Friday.

The Humane Society began organizing the rescue a few months ago after neighbors called to report the neglect. The national organization enlisted the help of MSU, the Starkville Police Department Animal Control, Waveland Animal Shelter and Rankin County Sheriff’s Department.