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"I'm angry," said Julie Soppe, a veterinarian at Gallatin's Safe Place for Animals rescue. "There's not another word for it."
In her office, 1-year-old pit-terrier mix Libby Marie is recovering from abuse and neglect that left her weak, dehydrated and sick.
"Untreated, she potentially could have died from this," Soppe said.
Soppe says whoever carelessly and needlessly cropped her ears was likely not a licensed vet, because they strung her open wounds together with fishing line instead of medical-grade sutures.
While those wounds are now healing, she is still fighting three separate and painful skin infections, but through it all, Soppe says, Libby Marie hasn't lost faith in humans.
"I can't imagine how painful she was," Soppe said. "And with everything that we've done with her, she continues to wag her tail, she continues to be happy to see us and I can't imagine why an animal would forgive us so much."
Even though Libby Marie is well on her way to recovery, rescuers said they still have some unfinished business.
"If there is somebody that knows who did this to this dog, I'd like them to come forward," said Diana Touwnsend, Safe Place for Animals president. "So that we can press charges against this person and get justice for Libby Marie. What she went through no animal should have to endure."
Townsend said whoever is capable of neglect like this, is capable of doing it again and not just against animals.
"[It's] someone that's totally indifferent to any kind of suffering of, I would say people or animals. Because if you can do that to an animal I think you can do that to people to."
Townsend said Libby Marie is still about a week away from being adoptable, but she does need a good home.
If you'd like to learn more about her and Gallatin's Safe Place for Animals rescue, visit the Fox Links section of this website.
Friday, October 19 2012, 09:12 PM CDT
Miss. chooses new firm to run Woodville prison
May 18, 2013 20:50 GMT
WOODVILLE, Miss. (AP) -- Mississippi officials have picked a new company to run the Wilkinson County Correctional Facility.
Utah-based Management and Training Corp. announced Friday that the Mississippi Department of Corrections has chosen it to run the 1,000-bed prison starting July 1, the Natchez Democrat reports (http://bit.ly/10MvOGv).
Corrections Corporation of America, based in Nashville, Tenn., had run the prison since 1998. MTC says it will keep "the vast majority" of employees.
MTC will get a five-year contract to run the prison with two one-year options. Last year, officials chose MTC to take over East Mississippi Correctional Facility, the Walnut Grove Correctional Facility and the Marshall County Correctional Facility from the GEO Group. MTC won 10-year contracts for each.
CCA still runs the Tallahatchie County Correctional Facility and the Adams County Correctional Center in Mississippi.
Information from: The Natchez Democrat, http://www.natchezdemocrat.com/
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