Hancock animal shelter seeks volunteers

By The Associated Press

Hancock animal shelter seeks volunteers

KILN, Miss. — Hancock County authorities have seized 182 animals from a property in Kiln.

Sheriff Ricky Adam said Sharon Merritt, 59, and her boyfriend, Todd Klibert, 55, each face multiple animal cruelty charges as a result.

Authorities told the Biloxi Sun-Herald (http://bit.ly/17tMto5) that about three-fourths of the more than 80 cats seized Wednesday were euthanized because of contagious respiratory illness.

Toni Accardo, director of the Hancock County Animal Shelter, said most of the cats were feral and difficult to catch. They were found in enclosed sheds with no ventilation, water or food.

The remaining cats must be quarantined until given an all-clear by the vet. Foster homes are needed for those, she said.

Besides the cats, authorities seized 10 dogs, 41 rabbits and a number of chickens, ducks, turkeys and quail.

The female rabbits were housed in pens with males. “Some of them look like they’re ready to have babies any time now,” she said.

Accardo said the shelter was 75 percent full so the additional animals put them over capacity. She hopes to begin adoptions for the dogs, rabbits and poultry next week.

Until then, the shelter needs volunteers as well as puppy pens and pads, food, water and food bowls and toys.

For more information, call the shelter at 228-466-4516.