POPLARVILLE, MS (WLOX) - A dozen dogs living in what animal control officials call "deplorable conditions" were rescued from a home in Pearl River County Tuesday.
"It breaks your heart, it really does. You have to have thick skin to do this," said Lauren Fitts, President of Animal Advocates of Pearl River County.
She said the dogs will need a lot of medical attention. Malnutrition tops a laundry list of health issues.
"There are some that do have sores. They are obviously flea infested. We were able to administer some shots out here, but they are going to be going to the Pearl River County ASPCA for heart worm testing, things of that nature," explained Fitts.
Officials said the home where the animals were found is barely livable.
"If electricity and water can't be kept on, I can't imagine that 12 dogs could be fed regularly," Fitts said.
"The condition inside the home is equally as bad as the animals' welfare," Poplarville Mayor Brad Necaise said.
The homeowner told WLOX News Now she loved her dogs and took care of them to the best of her ability. City leaders said complaints from neighbors led to the raid.
"This has been an on-going situation where folks have called in to say that there was a problem. I've paid a personal visit to the residence to try to resolve this animal issue," explained Mayor Necaise.
Unfortunately, he said, it took a raid to get the 12 dogs the food and medical attention they so desperately need.
The animals will be taken to the county animal shelter, nursed back to health, and loving, capable owners will be found for them.
Poplarville police say the owner will not face charges, but she's being taking for medical evaluation.