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Case ID: 18947
Classification: Neglect / Abandonment
Animal: dog (pit-bull)
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Tuesday, Dec 6, 2011

County: Madison

Disposition: Open
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Ridgeland Police are investigating a horrifying case of animal cruelty. This female Pitbull-mix was found Tuesday in front of a home in Ridgeland. Chief Jimmy Houston says when they find the dog's owner they could face charges, including having a banned animal in the city, letting the animal run loose and abuse. Pitbulls are not allowed in Ridgeland.

"I knew I needed to help in any way I could," recalls Chrissy Cheshire.

When she came to Mercy's rescue, the dog was struggling to survive.

When asked if it surprises her to find dogs in this condition, Cheshire responded, "Unfortunately, no it doesn't."

Doctor Jennifer White at the Briarwood Animal Hospital says this is probably one of the worst cases she has ever seen.

"Her body temperature was low and she was soaked in urine and feces. Her blood work was fine, and her liver and kidney functions are good. But, there could be something else going on. But, right now, it looks like a starvation case," explains Dr. White.

A dog this size typically weighs about 60-pounds. Mercy is only 27-pounds.

"She probably would not have made it through the week," comments Dr. White.

Doctors will closely watch Mercy's health. Until then, the Animal Rescue Fund of Mississippi (ARF) will place her in a foster home, so that one day she can be adopted into a loving family.

Anytime a dog, like Mercy, needs care from a veterinarian, animal rescue organizations pick up the tab for those expenses. Pippa Jackson of ARF says it can be costly.

"For all the ones we've seen, there's hundreds more out there that we don't see," adds Jackson.

Mercy's three-day stay has already racked up an 800-dollar tab. Her treatment could exceed eight-thousand dollars.

ARF is a non-kill, non-profit organization. They are almost always full to capacity and they are in need of donations to feed and house abandoned animals, especially during this time of the year. It takes about 23-thousand dollars a month to run ARF. The shelter recently won 25-thousand dollars in an online contest. But, it won't receive that money until next month.

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