Animals seized by society with no place to care for them

JACKSON, Tenn. (AP) - The McNairy County Humane Society has seized 32 dogs from what officials describe as a "puppy mill."

The society is pleading for public help to take in the dogs because it has no place to put them.

The group's facility was shut down in December because of zoning regulations. The shelter had been set to move to 21 acres donated by the McNairy County Commission, but the plan fell through when issues over access to the site couldn't be resolved.

The animals -- of several breeds -- were seized at a Bethel Springs home.

Sheriff's officials say the owner, Melvin Russom, was arrested on animal cruelty charges. Humane Society investigator Debbie Nowicki says the dogs were confined in filthy cages and their fur was caked with dried feces. One had to be euthanized.

Chief Deputy A.C. Felker besides the dogs, there were chicken and duck carcasses lying around the property.

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