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Charges filed against accused puppy mill owners

Caged dogs are seen at a suspected puppy mill in Alcorn County, MS. (Photo source: Chuck Cook/AP Images for the Humane Society of the United States) Caged dogs are seen at a suspected puppy mill in Alcorn County, MS. (Photo source: Chuck Cook/AP Images for the Humane Society of the United States)
ALCORN COUNTY, MS (AP) -

Charges have been filed against the owners of what authorities are describing as two large-scale Alcorn County puppy mills raided in late October.

The Daily Corinthian reports that Larry and Juanita Meeks and Orville and Gloria Greenhaw were charged Wednesday with misdemeanors. Charges include cruelty, neglect and abuse of animals and livestock in connection with the search and seizure of more than 170 abused animals.

The charges carry fines but no jail time.

A first animal cruelty offense in Mississippi is a misdemeanor. The second offense is a felony.

Authorities say the mostly expensive breed dogs and cats were living in deplorable conditions with no access to clean water or food.

Groups safely transported the animals to various locations outside the county where they received necessary medical treatment.

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