More than 100 animals seized from Kiln home
KILN, MS (WLOX) - More than 100 animals were rescued Wednesday evening from what Hancock County officials are calling the worst hoarding operation they've seen in a long time.
Dogs, cats, poultry and rabbits were living in inhumane conditions at the end of Tal Moran Road, in the Kiln.
A gate surrounded by "No Trespassing" signs blocked the driveway leading up to buildings filled with animals living in conditions beyond description.
"It's going to be close to 100 animals: cats, dogs, chickens, turkey, rosters, rabbits," said Deputy Colin Freeman.
Freeman said he knew there was something curious going on at the property, but he didn't think it would be this bad.
"They're living in their own filth and waste. Most of them are sick," said Freeman.
"The conditions are very deplorable, they are very nasty. It's full of feces. The cats don't really have much food or water, the rabbits are living in small cages," said Director of the Hancock County Animal Shelter Toni Accardo.
Accardo said the resident has been allegedly hoarding these animals for more than 7 years and the smell may support that accusation.
"It smells like there are dead animals on the premises. Now, we have not found any. There are several black garbage bags full of stuff that we are too scared to open," said Accardo.
Two were arrested Wednesday in connection with the bust.
They were said to be living in a mobile home between the buildings.
Roy Jones lives beside the property and said his neighbors were very private, but he knew about the animals.
"One time I was trying to get my dog, I ran back and ran up on the buildings," said Jones.
After the discovery was made, one veterinarian was left to make difficult decisions.
"Probably most of the cats will be put down," said Dr. Jennifer Ladnier.
Dr. Ladnier said the cats have upper respiratory infections and feline aids, but believes most of the dogs and rabbits will survive.
She said this animal neglect is horrible, but everyone is glad it was discovered before it got worse.
"I feel a lot better. I know the animals will be a lot better off," said Jones.
"No animal should live the way that they're living over here," said Freeman.
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