More Than 170 Animals Rescued From Horrific Conditions in Mississippi

This week dozens of rescuers stepped in to save 171 animals from deplorable conditions at two suspected puppy mills in Mississippi during what’s believed to be one of the largest animal seizures to take place in the state.

The rescue was carried out by local organizations and the Humane Society of the United States in partnership with local law enforcement, which served warrants for the two properties following an animal cruelty investigation that was prompted by complaints from citizens who were concerned about the health and welfare of the animals, some of whom were being sold at a local flea market.

“These animals are prisoners of greed,” Krystyna Schmitt, a spokeswoman for the Humane Society of South Mississippi (HSSM), told the Sun Herald. “They are bred over and over again for profit.”

At the first site 53 small breed dogs, including 15 puppies, who were mostly being kept in rabbit hutches in a barn and outside, while others were kept completely in the dark in an outhouse, were discovered in what Schmitt called “disgusting conditions.”

Credit: HSUS/Humane Society of South Mississippi

Rescuers said many of the animals were underweight and suffering from untreated medical conditions, including dental, eye, ear and skin problems, while two dogs were found dead.

At the second site 70 more dogs being kept in similar conditions were found. According to rescuers, cats, horses, ducks, chickens, roosters, bunnies, goats, a donkey and a miniature pig were also at the property and like the dogs, were not provided with medical care or adequate shelter, clean water or food.

Credit: HSUS/Humane Society of South Mississippi

“This rescue really exemplifies the need for stronger animal cruelty laws. I’m grateful that we could provide relief for these animals today. And I’m so appreciative of all of the groups that came together to help give them the care they deserve.” said Charlotte Doehner, director and board president of Alcorn-Corinth Animal Shelter.

Not only does it show the need for stronger laws Mississippi has cruelty laws, but nothing to stop puppy mills but it’s also a heartbreaking reminder of why we really need to carefully consider and research where we’re getting our dogs from. It’s probably safe to say no one who wants a dog would knowingly support an operation like this, or anyone who thinks it’s okay to leave animals in similar conditions, but mills and commercial breeders around the country continue to profit at the expense of dogs and in many cases at the expense of prospective owners who bring sick animals home.

For the dogs in this case, they’ll at least be getting a second chance to experience human kindness and become part of a family. They’ve since been removed from these awful situations and are getting individualized care and medical attention they need and deserve at HSSM, the Mississippi Animal Rescue League and other rescues in the state, as they get ready for adoption.

HSSM estimates the cost of the rescue to be about $65,000, and is seeking items including treats, paper towels and bleach wipes along with donations to help cover the cost. For more info and updates on the dogs, check out their Facebook page. You can also help dogs like these by supporting your local rescues, adoptions, bans on the retail sale of cats and dogs and by reporting suspected puppy mills at 1-877-MILL-TIP.

Photo credit: HSUS/Humane Society of South Mississippi


Jim Ven
Jim Ven2 years ago

thanks for the article.

Jennifer Hayes
Jennifer H3 years ago

More severe penalties must be developed in all states for animal abuse. This is just plain awful.

Loesje vB
Loesje Najoan3 years ago

So sad ......and so glad these animals were rescued.

Teresa W.
Teresa W3 years ago


Dianne D.
Dianne D3 years ago

We need to start making those that abuse animals to have to pay for all their room and board and medical treatment. So many of these idiots create messes like this and expect others to clean up their mess. They need to be held responsible and not let them off the hook. Damn people like this.

Marcia Geiger
Marcia Geiger3 years ago

So glad that the action was taken. It seems to take an act of God for some of the local
law enforcements to do there jobs.
Do put the owners in extra small holding pens with dirty water and little food..then; after they have had the experience of their lifetime..throw them in jail and throw away the key.
Make them work for their food and board,.

Ann Breuer
Ann B3 years ago

this is disgraceful and total animal abuse...where are the laws?????people like this need more than fines they need jail time...lots of it

Alexandra G.
Alexandra G3 years ago

no excuse fo this !!!

Lisa Zarafonetis
Lisa Zarafonetis3 years ago

Puppy mills are sooo sad!!! Hideous places!!! So glad they got this shut down. Now if we could all get STRONGER laws in all 50 states making it illegal for these mills to operate, that would be fabulous!!! Shared on FB.

Lynda Harrison
Lynda Harrison3 years ago

Perhaps those who are responsible for such atrocities should be required to live in the conditions they have imposed on innocent animals. Would that not be poetic justice?