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People Power: Latichia Duffy

Right at home: Latichia Duffy is no stranger to overwhelming situations. For seven years, the Osceola, Mo., animal control officer has used minimal funds to operate a tiny shelter in an area surrounded by puppy mills.

Although she’s accustomed to finding new homes for the discarded dogs of mass-breeding operations nearly as quickly as they’re dropped off at her facility, Duffy has room for only a dozen at a time. So when she learned a few months ago that 25 dogs in St. Clair County were in need of immediate rescue, she knew she’d have to call in reinforcements. “My goal in the beginning was to save as many as I could,” Duffy says. “I never dreamed we would save them all.”

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