Authorities bust puppy mill in Stone County

Published: Jul. 10, 2012 at 3:35 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 10, 2012 at 8:36 PM CDT
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The Humane Society of South Mississippi is on the scene at the bust of a Stone County puppy mill.

The Humane Society of South Mississippi, Southern Pines Animal Shelter, Humane Society of the United States, and the Stone County Sheriff's Department have recovered more than 70-dogs from an alleged large-scale breeding operation in which animals were kept in deplorable conditions and bred repeatedly without regard for their health.

The dogs ranged in age from two-weeks-old to fully grown, and ranged in conditions from having broken bones to being somewhat healthy.

The owner of the property allegedly sold the dogs at a flea market along Hwy 49.

Approximately 50 of the abused and neglected dogs were sent to the HSSM shelter on the coast and the remainder went to Southern Pines.

An arrest has not yet been made, but authorities say the owner is expected to turn herself in on Wednesday. Her name has not yet been released.

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