JONESVILLE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - On Wednesday, February 8th, Officer Rhonda Squyres of the Jonesville Police Department responded to a report of a canine tied up in front of an abandoned residence, located at 805 Division Street.
Once on site, it was obvious that the dog had been neglected and without food for a long time; there was a water bowl present, presumably filled from rain water.
Officer Squyres contacted Dr. Kelly Hudspeth, Director of the Catahoula Vet Clinic, who directed Ms. Squyres to contact the Humane Society of Louisiana, based in New Orleans. After listening to the report of a dog abandoned and in obvious distress, the Humane Society agreed to pay for the dog's immediate care. A humane society representative spoke to Officer Squyres while she was on the scene and instructed her to transport the dog to the Catahoula Vet Clinic.
The dog turned out to be a friendly, tan female 1-2 year old pit-mix. The dog will soon be vaccinated and blood work tests will determine if the dog is heartworm positive.
"We've had a wonderful partnership with Dr. Hudspeth for the past 20 or more years and appreciate all that she does for animals in her parish. Given that neither the town of Jonesville nor Catahoula Parish have animal control services, Dr. Hudspeth's clinic is often a last resort for neglected animals in this area," says Jeff Dorson, HSL Director. "We also applaud the quick thinking of Officer Squyres, who did the right thing and made a few phone calls to get the help this dog needed. Without her action, the dog would likely have perished from neglect. To honor Officer Squyres, we are temporarily naming the friendly dog, "Rhonda," after her rescuer!" adds Dorson. Photos attached were taken of the dog by Officer Squyres while on the scene.
The Humane Society of Louisiana is seeking donations to care for 'Rhonda.' Donations can be made online at www.humanela.org, through the mail at P.O. Box 740321, New Orleans, LA 70174 or dropped off at the clinic located at 2606 4th Street, Jonesville. All donations are tax deductible.
Established in 1988, the Humane Society is one of the state's largest advocacy organizations.