Hundreds of dogs found in Mississippi puppy mill

By Jamel Major - bio | email

RED BANKS, MS (WMC-TV) - Hundreds of dogs, some of them dead or dying, were discovered in a puppy mill bust in Marshall County, Mississippi Thursday.

When investigators arrived at Nancy and John Garrison's home on Turner Cove in the Red Banks community, they discovered nearly 100 dogs, many in bad shape and covered in their own filth.

Tim Rickey with The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) said the dogs were suffering from many medical problems.

"A lot of these animals are suffering from skin issues, mange, and another number of medical issues," Rickey said.

Shirley Byers, Marshall County Prosecutor, said a tip led them to the home.

"Several months ago somebody came here to purchase puppies and saw the conditions the animals were in," Byers said.

Rickey said there were dead dogs found on the property.

"We found at least five dead puppies in a couple different areas, which is heartbreaking," Rickey said.  "These animals were just laying in their cages dead."

The ASPCA was called in to help rescue the animals.  Each dog identified, photographed, placed in a cage, then hauled off to the Marshall County Humane Society.

"We're documenting the animals as they're removed from their pens," Rickey said.  "They're going to our emergency shelter site where a team of vets will be doing a medical triage."

Mae Hymans could not believe the Garrisons, her neighbors, would face animal cruelty charges.

"I have nothing negative to say," Hymans said.  "I love them both dearly.  I don't know what happened but I love them dearly."

Hymans also said she thought the Garrisons were taking care of the dogs.

"I know for a fact they took care of the animals because they bought dog food for them," Hymans said.  "I don't know what to say."

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