Fate of animals uncertain after kennel owner is murdered

PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - While police continue their investigation into a Pascagoula man's murder, one of the victim's friends is busy taking care of the many animals left behind at the kennel.

For the last two years, James Muldoon has lived with and helped Johnny Bullock take care of his dogs. Now he's taking care of the more than 100 puppies and adult dogs on the property.

Muldoon said the animals are being fed twice a day, they have fresh water and are being kept cool. He said the family is considering selling the puppies and giving some of the older dogs to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA). He said there are also some show dogs at the kennel, and he's not sure what their fate will be.

Family members have been inundated with phone calls from WLOX viewers asking how they can buy or adopt one of the dogs. Bullock's family said they appreciate the outpouring of concern for the animals, but first need to focus this week on saying goodbye to their loved one. Stay tuned to WLOX News and WLOX.com for more information in the coming days on when the dogs will be available.

Police found Johnny Bullock Tuesday morning slumped over the steering wheel of his van on Martin Road with a fatal bullet wound to his chest. By Tuesday afternoon, 19-year old Rodney Phillip McKenzie was arrested and charged with capital murder. He's being held at the Jackson County Adult Detention Center without bond.

Investigators don't think McKenzie acted alone, and expect to make more arrests in the case.

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