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Tunica shelter dogs face winter temps in outdoor pens

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TUNICA, Miss. (WMC-TV) - As temperatures across the Mid-South drop, animal lovers are voicing their concerns about dogs kept outdooors at a local shelter.

The Humane Society in Tunica, Mississippi, houses approximately 100 dogs and puppies in outdoor pens.

Tunica has no county-funded animal shelter, and before the Humane Society opened a little over a year ago, homeless dogs had no chance.

"This is our shelter that we have built one pen at a time, and we're real proud of what we've accomplished," said Executive Director Sandy Williams.  

But the dogs were shivering Thursday, even before the sun went down.
    
"It would be wonderful for us to have a closed shelter enclosed, but it just hasn't happened for us, you know, this quickly," Williams said.

The Humane Society of Tunica relies solely on private donations. Williams said the shelter is in desperate need of more roofing materials, installation, and heavy-duty tarps to block the cold winter winds.

"It's a long day out here for these dogs," she said. "The Humane Society would also love to have a house for every animal. You can see there are four dogs in this pen, but they only have one dog house to share to stay warm."

But the number one item on the wish list is a good home for every dog.

"We would love for every one of these animals to be placed in a home by Christmas," Williams said.

     
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