VANCLEAVE, MS (WLOX) - Illegal carcass dumping is a growing problem in Jackson County. Officials have been getting lots of complaints from citizens fed up with the dead animals showing up on their roads and streets.
"You have a hog here, or what is left of it, and a whole deer back here."
It a grisly discovery that Danny Jalanivich admits has become all too common in Vancleave, especially at Old River Road Loop.
"There is another one of these lazy people dumping out a carcass."
This frustrated resident says just about every month animal remains are found deserted either on a main road, neighborhood streets or near bayous in the small town. There's even a no littering sign near one of the areas, but it hasn't done much good.
"It is sickening. It is a health hazard and we have kids fishing and they are walking all through these dead animals. There has got to be a remedy where these people can't dump these carcasses other than someone's front yard," Jalanivich said.
Supervisor John McKay has received dozens of illegal carcass dumping complaints from across the county and agrees it is very disturbing.
"We won't even take it to our landfill because it is supposed to be disposed of properly. Each hunting club should have a pit or burial pit to put these carcasses in. There are other ways to dispose of them rather than throw them in our waterways and byways that can cause contamination," McKay said.
County officials said a major crackdown is in the works now to stop those committing this gruesome act and hopefully prevent others from doing that same. They acknowledge it won't be easy.
"We are going to call the game warden, and call the sheriff's department to start watching for people doing this kind of stuff. If we can catch people doing this, we are going to give them the highest fine we can to make an example out of them to stop this type of action," McKay said.
The sheriff's department says this illegal activity can fall under several categories. The fines could range from $1,000 to $10,000, plus jail time.