PERKINSTON, MS (WLOX) - Stone County Sheriff's deputies raided a property in Perkinston Thursday afternoon and seized 11 dogs. The deputies are not done rounding up all the animals, yet.
One by one, they were brought out and put into cages. There were a few Beagles, but most of them were mixed breeds.
"It seems like there is no access to water, besides the rainwater in recent days, or food," said Lydia Sattler, Mississippi Director of the Humane Society of the U.S.
Representatives from the Humane Society of the United States, the Southern Pines Animal Shelter of Hattiesburg and the Stone County Sheriff's Department showed up at a property off Walker Broadus Road and seized the animals.
Stone County Chief Deputy Phyllis Olds said she has been tracking the animals' conditions over a week-long period in response to neighbors' complaints.
"The animals are covered with fleas. Most of them have mange. There's two of them we know that has severe eye infections," said Olds.
Olds said she doesn't know exactly how many dogs are living on the property. Many of them took off as soon as the deputies and shelter staff arrived.
"It seems like there's a lot of wooded areas. Most of them are hiding in the woods, and we saw more in cages in the woods along the road there," said Sattler.
A woman, who identified herself as the ex-wife of the property owner, told WLOX News the man's name is Ted Walker. He is an 87-year-old Army veteran.
The woman said Walker has been taking care of dogs that have been dumped in the woods near his home.
"Mr. Walker can't take care of himself as far as financial goes, so it's hard for him to take care of the dogs. He started it all for good, but dogs just kept showing up, and he can't take care of them," said Olds.
Olds said Walker willingly gave up the animals, and he will not be facing charges. The deputies plan to return in a few days, hoping the rest of the dogs will come out of the woods.
The dogs were taken to the Southern Pines Animal Shelter in Hattiesburg, where they will get medical checkups and vaccinations. The ones that are healthy will be put up for adoption.
Two horses were turned over to Walker's family members.