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Tunica Humane Society receives $200,000 from Harrah's

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TUNICA, MS (WMC-TV) - After housing more than 100 dogs in outdoor cages for years, the Tunica Humane Society has finally received the money it needs to build a new, indoor facility.

Monday, the society received a $200,000 donation in the form of a check from Harrah's Entertainment.  John Payne, President of Harrah's Central Division President, said his company's employees have already volunteered over 600 at to the facility.

"We're big believers that our employees know where they want to give back, and they've been spending years helping out here," he said. "They clearly need a new building, and this helps jump-start that."

The Tunica Humane Society's current facility barely provides shelter to the animals it houses.  Dogs there are forced to stay in outside kennels, whether its extremely hot or cold.

"We've been through two very, very severe winters out here, and it's hard on the dogs and its hard on the volunteers," said the society's Executive Director, Sandy Williams.

Now, Williams said, that will change.  The donation will enable the purchase of a new facility.

"It is our heart's desire to have a facility that is more like a sanctuary, where our animals can go outside in the day in the fresh air and the sun and play, and then have a bed to get into at night," she said.

The new facility will be called "Horseshoe Humane Society" because of all the casino and its workers have given.

"They looked into our hearts and I think they felt our passion - our love for these animals, and to give back in this way when there's so many things they could have done, we are forever grateful," Williams said.

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