GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - More than 100 dogs are out of harm's way after being removed from filthy, cramped conditions at two suspected puppy mills in Alcorn County.
Dozens of people worked into the night Wednesday taking care of the pups at the Humane Society of South Mississippi (HSSM) in Gulfport. That's where a majority of the seized animals were sent after warrants were served Wednesday morning.
"Unfortunately there was a lot of feces and maggots and things of that nature on the floor. The animals were living in really deplorable conditions," said Daniel Ornsbey.
HSSM staff members, along with several other organization volunteers, traveled to North Mississippi to assist the Alcorn County Sheriff's Department in serving search warrants for the seizure of the animals at two different locations.
"It was a little difficult getting the animals out of there. Unfortunately, it wasn't a very safe area. We actually had to be careful where they were stepping and things like that," said Ornsbey.
The investigation began after employees at the Alcorn-Corinth Animal Shelter received several complaints about animals being sold at a flea market in Tupelo.
Krystyna Schmitt with HSSM said she is more than happy the Gulfport shelter was chosen to help these abused animals get a new 'leash' on life.
"They'll get vaccinations. If they need a little bit more socialization or anything like that then we can give that as well and even in depth medical treatment," said Schmitt.
The dogs will be housed at the Humane Society building on Highway 49, and an additional facility on County Farm Road until they are available for adoption. That still won't happen for a few weeks.
In the meantime, the Humane Society is requesting donations from the public. Paper towels, Clorox wipes, and monetary donations are all appreciated to help care for the dogs.