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October 14, 2011 update: "Eleanor lost her battle with kidney failure this morning. I cannot begin to express the grief we feel. We fought for and loved Eleanor since the day I picked her up out of the horrid debris pile she was lying in. Eleanor was dying. With the aid of Veterinary Associates in Grenada, Mississippi we nearly brought Eleanor back to health. She began gaining weight, thoroughly enjoyed our affection for her and fought for her life. Our hearts are crushed. Help us continue to fight for innocent animals like Eleanor." - Doll Stanley, Director, IDA's Hope Animal Sanctuary

Please scroll to the bottom of this page to see how you can help!

(Here's our original report from October 11, 2011:) In May, with an order from a Mississippi Judge, In Defense of Animals rescued 13 horribly neglected animals. Now we are being SUED by the person who was responsible for their suffering.

If we knew IDA would be summoned to court for rescuing dogs and cats from a grimy, unkempt home...we would have rushed to save them anyway!

As a supporter of IDA – someone who cares deeply about relieving the suffering of helpless animals – you would have expected we do no less, whatever the risk.

But now, justice must be served. And with your emergency donation to IDA’s Legal Defense Fund today, justice WILL be served. Please use the secure form at the bottom of this page to contribute.

After confirming reports that badly emaciated dogs were lying in front of a ramshackle home, a Mississippi judge issued an order for the IDA Hope Animal Sanctuary Team and the Sheriff’s Department IDA's Hope Animal Sanctuary rescued this dogto rescue the animals. Eleanor, pictured here just after her rescue, shows you the state these helpless creatures were in. Eyes swollen shut. Infested with burrowing mange mites. One bony, elderly cat languished in the yard, in severe urinary tract distress.

Several puppies died from parvovirus and one adult dog died of pneumonia. The surviving animals are now thriving at IDA’s Hope Animal Sanctuary in Grenada, Mississippi – thanks to you.

But now the woman responsible for these sweet, sad faces has summoned us to court, demanding money from IDA in “an amount to punish” us and “set an example.”

Punish US? What about justice for Eleanor and her long-suffering friends? That’s what you can bring about.

Your donation to IDA’s Legal Defense Fund, as generous as you’re able in light of these utterly absurd charges, will help set the record straight once and for all. The secure form at the bottom of this page is the fastest way to donate – your gift will be available to IDA in less than five minutes.

The court case is pending. There is evidence to gather, legal briefs to prepare. And IDA, as you know, isn’t one to stockpile donations for a rainy day: we use your gifts IMMEDIATELY to save animals.

We need you now, more than ever, to be sure that justice is served ... to be sure that poor Eleanor won’t EVER have to go back to the life she once endured!

Please rush your tax-deductible donation to IDA’s Legal Defense Fund. Ensure that justice will be served for animals like Eleanor, who have no one but us to speak on their behalf. Please, don’t let the courts send these poor creatures back to the person responsible for their suffering – or award her even one thin dime for her cruel deeds.

Make no mistake - this is a battle for the very existence of animal welfare and rights in the Mississippi region. Any donation you make will be used to fight this urgent, precedent-setting legal battle and to support the ongoing lifesaving work for animals that Hope Animal Sanctuary conducts every day of the year.

From all of us at IDA and our Hope Animal Sanctuary, thank you for believing that every animal matters!

What you can do to help defend IDA's Hope Animal Sanctuary:
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