HSSM heading back to Gulfport with dogs from alleged puppy mill

SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - The Humane Society of South Mississippi (HSSM) is heading back to Gulfport with more than 100 small breed dogs rescued from an alleged puppy mill in Tylertown Monday.

The HSSM assisted the Humane Society of the United States and local authorities on the rescue early Monday morning.

According to HSSM Marketing Specialist Krystyna Szczechowski, the breeds include Boston Terriers, Chihuahuas and Dachshunds all varying in age.

"There were a total of 104 dogs. We only took 102. They were in the most deplorable of conditions," Szczechowski said.

She said the dogs were located in two buildings behind a home.

"They looked like horse stalls closed in by fiberboard. There were individual kennels that were about 16 inches to 18 inches wide," Szczechowski said. "One side of the kennels was completely closed without any ventilation."

She said the other side of the kennels was made of wire.

"I've never seen anything like it," Szczechowski said. "There were people on the property, but we didn't see any arrests."

Fur and feces covered the buildings. There were several deceased dogs on the property.

Szczechowski said the Humane Society of the United States will be putting together an investigation.

WLOX anchor Jeff Lawson will be at the HSSM live tonight as the dogs arrive. Watch him for updates on WLOX News and WLOX.com.

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