Reward offered in Jones County animal neglect case

JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - The Southern Cross Animal Rescue in Jones County is offering a reward for information on the identity of the owner of a severely neglected Beagle found last week near Ellisville.

A good Samaritan spotted the dog roaming in and out of traffic on Luther Hill Road and stopped to help. When she saw the condition the dog was in she immediately contacted Southern Cross.

"This was probably a situation of prolonged confinement, said Heather Williams," SCAR President. "We took her to the vet and sure enough he confirmed it with us. Her nails were twisted over each other. They were extremely long and pointed. Then we scraped her trying to find mange mites. We didn't find any mange, there was justice massive skin infection based on filthy living conditions."

Williams says the dog is very young, maybe three or four years old, and it is obvious the dog was confined to in a small area for breeding purposes.

"We want to make sure this doesn't happen again. There's probably more dogs just like Lucy. The folks who do this tend to so for money. They sell the puppies on the Internet or in parking lots where people don't ever see the condition the mother is kept in."

So far Southern Cross has raised $500 for the reward fund to find the person responsible for the neglect. They say if anyone has information about who the owner is or if they would want to contribute to the reward fund they can call 601-433-5807 or they can go to the Southern Cross Animal Rescue Facebook page.

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