Pet rescue part of Pearlington job |

Pet rescue part of Pearlington job

Paul Conrad/Aspen TimesAspen High School freshman Austin Owen, 14, carries two rescued puppies Tuesday as she leads other students from an abandoned Pearlington, Miss., house.

PEARLINGTON, Miss. ” A batch of Aspen High School students knew they were in for hard labor when they volunteered to come to Pearlington this week. They had no idea they would save lives as well.

Six students working with English teacher Cerena Thomsen toiled away at tedious work at the water-damaged home of Sam and Lyn Bailey on Tuesday morning. Some sprayed bleach on the interior wood to prevent mold from growing. Others sorted through mounds of the Bailey’s belongings under the glaring South Mississippi sun.

None were complaining, but the effort really paid off in early afternoon when Sam enlisted the kids to help him on a rescue mission. Bailey operates a pet rescue operation and currently has about 50 dogs kenneled in his yard. Many of the pets were separated from owners during and after the storm. The Baileys try to find them homes.

Bailey was aware that a dog in his neighborhood had puppies recently, but when he saw her running around, he feared she had abandoned them. He knew they were in a nearby home that was heavily damaged by Katrina and untouched by the owner. He wanted to wait until they were old enough to move them.

The hunch was correct. Bailey and his helpers from Aspen found eight puppies in the ruins of the house and brought them back to his safe heaven.

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