Thursday, May 23 2013 5:38 PM EDT2013-05-23 21:38:18 GMT
The picture of a George County dog set on fire is disturbing. Authorities say the circumstances surrounding how fire consumed the dog are shocking. According to George County Sheriff Dean Howell, 20-year-oldMore >>
Socks, the dog reportedly burned this week by his owner, has died. That word comes from a George County Sheriff's deputy. Socks succumbed to injuries suffered after 20-year-old Brandon Pierce allegedly set his dog on fire Tuesday night. The suspect told deputies he torched the dog because he "wanted to help the dog go to heaven."More >>
Monday, May 13 2013 12:24 PM EDT2013-05-13 16:24:04 GMT
MARION COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - A weekend-long drug raid left 22 individuals behind bars, and more arrests to come. According to Marion County Sheriff Berkley Hall, the drug raid is the result of severalMore >>
A weekend-long drug raid left 22 individuals behind bars, and more arrests to come.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:15 PM EDT2013-05-23 03:15:57 GMT
Part of the coast is being invaded this week by termites. Millions swarmed across Harrison County Wednesday night. Several WLOX viewers called our newsroom to tell us about it. One person called whileMore >>
Part of the coast is being invaded this week by termites. Millions swarmed across Harrison County Wednesday night.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 9:25 AM EDT2013-05-23 13:25:10 GMT
The search is on in north Picayune for two fugitive brothers wanted out of Tennessee. Jessy and Jeffrey Marchbanks were last seen leaving a mobile home on Pea Ridge Road in Picayune.More >>
Two fugitive brothers wanted out of Tennessee were captured around 6:30 Thursday morning according to Pearl River Sheriff's Department. According to Pearl River County Sheriff David Allison, Jessy and Jeffrey Marchbanks were caught at the corner of Ozona Richardson Road and Richardson Road just after sunrise. That's the same general area authorities had searched Wednesday and early Thursday morning.More >>
An 87-year-old grandmother took on billionaire Donald Trump. And on Thursday - she lost.More >>
An 87-year-old grandmother took on billionaire Donald Trump. And on Thursday, she lost.More >>
As Tupelo Humane Society volunteers worked to rescue 200 dogs and cats from disgusting conditions Wednesday in a house near New Albany, Mississippi, sheriff's deputies worked to investigate the murder of a two-year-old there and the possible abuse her eight siblings.
Ramon and Janet Barreto's two-year-old daughter died at the hospital from blunt force trauma to her head. The possibility of sexual abuse of the children is also under investigation.
The children are now in state custody.
"I don't have words to explain," Sheriff Tommy Wilhite said. "Imagine 185 dogs, 25 cats, and nine kids in a three bedroom trailer. Pretty bad situation."
Wilhite said one of the children, a three-year-old, only weighed 20 pounds. That child and two others didn't make any sounds at all to communicate.
Of the Barreto's nine children, seven are adopted. It appears all the adopted children are from Guatemala.
"ICE agents are working to determine how they got across the border legally," Wilhite said.
What may not be legal is how five of the children were adopted. Officials said paperwork was missing, and investigators are trying to determine if the children were stolen.
Meanwhile the Humane Society is working on an investigation of it's own into animal abuse inside the home. Wednesday, investigators said the couple could face additional charges, and former customers spoke out for the first time about the animals they bought from the couple.
Whitney Hurdle unknowingly adopted a seven week old puppy, Tootsie, from the Barretos. Hurdle said she found the couple through a classified ad.
"Only one close," she said. "I could get it the next day. Didn't look into it. Now I wish I had."
Rather than get the puppy at the breeder's house, the breeder had Hurdle meet her in a parking lot. That's where Hurdle handed over $500 in cash- the only method of payment Barreto accepted.
"Had a child with her, a little girl," Hurdle said. "Nine or ten. Little girl carrying the puppy. She seemed alright. Gave me papers."
When Hurdle took Tootsie to the vet for her boosters, the vet was concerned about the teacup yorkie's size.
"He said he'd never seen one that small," she said.
A day after the booster shots, Tootsie died. Hurdle said she hoped her experience would encourage others always go the breeder's home before buying a dog.
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