The woman suspected of operating a puppy mill in the Bond community turned herself in Wednesday morning to the Stone County Sheriff's Department.
Rowena Priest, 63, was charged with misdemeanor animal neglect and was released on her own recognizance. If convicted she faces a $1,000 fine.
Priest's property was raided Tuesday morning by the Stone County Sheriff's Department with help from the Humane Society of the United States, Southern Pines Animal Shelter, and the Humane Society of South Mississippi. Seventy-four small breed dogs were seized in the rescue effort.
Twenty-two of the animals were taken to the Southern Pines Animal Shelter in Hattiesburg. All were treated at the shelter for various ailments to include scabies, mange, fleas, ticks, and eye and ear problems. Five of them were taken to a veterinarian Wednesday morning for treatment of more serious problems.
Shelter Manager Lara Hudson says there has already been a huge interest in adopting the dogs from the public. She says they will start accepting applications for adoption Thursday at noon.