July 31st, 2013 by Doll Stanley
Hi, folks, we’ve been so busy, but I wanted to sit down for a minute and write you about what’s been happening here at IDA’s Hope Animal Sanctuary.
As you may know, we do cruelty investigations. On Thursday, July 16, I represented IDA-HAS in Yalobusha County Justice Court, in the case of MS State VS. Christina Montgomery and Rodney Hanks.
This court date was for the arraignment of the defendants, each charged with two counts of animal cruelty for willfully and unlawfully depriving their dogs and cats of food and water and one count each for willfully and unlawfully confining two box turtles and depriving them of food and water.
Two small dogs and a cat miraculously survived alleged weeks of abandonment after the couple locked the door to their home and moved. Neighbors told me the couple moved to prevent the Department of Humane Services from acting on reports of the neglect and abuse of their children.
Millie, the single surviving cat (sadly, out of seven) was adopted by a loving family in Grenada, MS, the day before the arraignment. The little dogs, Matilda and Thomasina, named after one of the assisting deputies in the case, are in the care of long time volunteer and foster guardians, Lisa and Mike Martin. Both are recovering from their weeks of isolation and deprivation. Thomasina is the shyest, but both are very loving. Thomasina was at first missed when we rescued the animals because she hid in a stuffed open closet in one of the rooms of the home.
Montgomery and Hanks entered a plea of “not guilty”. The couple was appointed a public defender and trial was set for September 17, 2013 at 9:30 a.m. We’ll be there.
We never stop––
MSU’s mobile spay and neuter clinic‘s biweekly visit to our sanctuary has nearly doubled the spay and neuter surgeries performed by their student/instructor team.
Cierra, one of two dogs callously shot and wounded in Tallahatchie County was spayed after recovering from the amputation of her right front leg. Sunday, our friend and fellow rescuer Sharon Stone delivered Cierra to an absolutely perfect foster home where her new protector Malcolm shows her in and out of the yard, then nestles at her side on the sofa.
Yes, and we transported a little fawn, orphaned when his mother was killed on the interstate, to our friend Val, licensed wildlife rehabilitator supreme.
The stories of these few animals represent the scores HAS has recently rescued and healed, from the kittens the lube shop found hidden in a car engine to the horses found languishing in fields of unmerciful hopelessness.
Because IDA supporters trust in the faithful work being done by HAS, the hope we promise is delivered.
You are our Hope, so that we can be theirs. Thank you for being there, and for your support. It means the world to us.
Founder, IDA Hope Animal Sanctuary