More than 100 animals rescued in Union County, MS - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

More than 100 animals rescued in Union County, MS

(Source: Animal Rescue Corps / Amiee Stubbs) (Source: Animal Rescue Corps / Amiee Stubbs)

Animal Rescue Corp along with Union County Animal Control rescued 130 animals from what they are calling a puppy mill and horse breeder on July 15. Horses, cats, dogs and donkeys filled a home and barn in Blue Springs Mississippi. 

“To reach in that cage and look into the animals eyes and make them a promise that their suffering has ended forever, there is nothing more rewarding,"
said Animal Rescue Corp president Scotlund Hasley.

Blue Springs residents Pam and Greg Cooper have been charged with multiple counts of animal cruelty and animal welfare neglect. Union County Animal
Control said a veterinarian alerted them to something they felt was disturbing.

“She said, 'Cut my dog open, get the puppies out, I don’t care what happens to her,'" said Hasley.

When officers went to the Coopers' home, they found something they didn’t expect.

“Tickers were so bad, they were crawling across our feet like you were in a fire ant bed," said Animal Control Officer Curt Clayton.

“One of the horses had a wound almost through its neck, about this big in the entry and that big in the exit," said Hasley. 

They feel that wound may be from a gun shot.

One officer said that this is not the first time he has dealt with the Coopers. He said he has been to their home twice in the past two years, but there was never enough evidence to press charges. Now, he said it is time for these animals to be safe.

“There is no greater feeling to fulfill our commitment to them that their suffering has ended and we will give them a new life," said Hasley.

Pam and Greg Cooper are due back in court in August.

As for the animals, the horses  and donkeys are safe in sanctuaries in Memphis.

The dogs and cats will all be in shelters around the country and are waiting to find homes by Saturday.  

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