ASPCA in Action: More than 400 Animals Rescued from Overcrowded Shelter

Monday, January 25, 2010 - 4:30pm

On Sunday, January 24, under the authority and request of the City of Clarksdale, MS, the ASPCA dispatched members of its Field Investigations and Response Team to assist in the removal of more than 400 cats and dogs from the City of Clarksdale Animal Shelter.


aspca senior director of field investigations and response, tim rickey, tends to some of the dogs found on site.

Early Sunday morning, ASPCA responders led the effort to remove the animals from the site. The animals, housed in deplorable and overcrowded conditions, were suffering from obvious neglect—including medical conditions such as mange, as well as injuries and bite wounds as a result of living in overcrowded cages. A team of local veterinarians conducted exams on each animal and triaged any immediate needs. The animals were transported to a temporary shelter set up in a nearby location.

"What we've found are more than 400 animals living in a space designed for about 60," says Tim Rickey, ASPCA Senior Director of Field Investigations and Response. "We are making sure that the animals' immediate needs are being met, and all animals are being evaluated by a veterinarian and will receive appropriate care."

kristen limbert, a member of the aspca field investigations and response team, aids some of the cats found in the city of clarksdale animal shelter.

The ASPCA will also provide the local organizations with the tools, resources and guidance needed to help improve conditions at the City of Clarksdale Animal Shelter. Rickey says, "It appears that this is a situation where the intake of unwanted animals was much higher than the number of animals being adopted, and it led to horrible living conditions. We are glad to be able to provide relief."

The ASPCA is extremely grateful to the shelters and organizations that are aiding in the rescue and housing of these animals. The animals will eventually be made available for adoption with the help of

Read more about the ASPCA Field Investigations and Response Team and our rescue efforts here.