Tate County, Mississippi
August 11, 2016
More than 170 animals were found living in extremely neglectful conditions on a property in Mississippi.
They were running loose around the overgrown property, held in dilapidated pens strewn throughout, and in filthy conditions inside barn rooms, in the property owners’ house and in an abandoned country store on an adjacent property. The animals were all extremely dirty and suffering from heavy infestations of internal and external parasites such as fleas, ticks and worms.
Many adults and puppies were suffering from alopecia and anemia as a result of their heavy flea and tick infestations. Some of the animals were emaciated and suffering from malnutrition, at least one puppy was in critical condition and had to be rushed to a near-by clinic, and all of the cats had upper respiratory and eye infections. The remains of several animals were also found around the property.
“These animals have endured extreme suffering for a very, very long time.” said ARC President Scotlund Haisley. “These animals didn’t have a minute to spare. They were not surviving here, they were dying here. But all of that ends today and we won’t leave this place without taking every animal with us to our emergency shelter.”
The planning for this rescue began when ARC received a tip of a suspected puppy mill and contacted the Tate County Sheriff’s Department. An undercover investigation provided clear violations of local and state laws.
“This county takes all cases of abuse and cruelty very seriously,” said Tate County Sheriff Brad Lance. “The evidence presented showed clear violations of state laws and we didn’t hesitate to act.”
As a rescue partner with Animal Rescue Corps, Tri-County Animal Rescue was called to help find homes for these neglected puppy mill sufferers.
We rented an RV and drove to Mississippi. We were able to liberate 43 animals who were in desperate need of care.
Seven of the dogs tested positive for heart worm, as well as were suffering from ailments such as skin infections, eye infections. and ear infections.