HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - There were 100 animals that were rescued on Wednesday, July 11th by authorities & the humane society of the united states from Lyons ranch road living.
All the animals were in a horrifying condition in what investigators are calling a "large scare animal cruelty situation."
But now, the animals are on their way to a better life.
"When you realize you can do something like this and you can starve animals/torture animals and its a slap on the wrist," said Mississippi Legislative director, Julia Breaux. "A five hundred dollar fine and that's it? What's the deterrent for that? So, stronger laws are what is going to prevent this from happening again."
83 animals will be transported to Manassas, Virginia to be placed in the care of shelters as they begin the journey of a new life. red rover responders and other volunteer organizations helped nurture and take care of the animals before they boarded the plane.
"There was one that was a German Sheppard and he was sweet as can be and adorable," said Howard Edelstein. "You love them all, the more time you spend with them the more you bond."
The animals will be accompanied by a human society vet tech. Jennifer cherry will be traveling to Virginia to make sure all the animals make it there safe.
"I'm going to be on the plane with the animals on their transport, said vet tech, Jennifer Cherry. "I'm incredibly grateful to be part of this journey with them and to be apart of their happy ending."
Since the rescue, two suspects David and Mary Ellen Senne have been charged with one count each of aggravated animal cruelty. The charge is a misdemeanor and is the strongest possible charge under current law in Mississippi.
A total of 83 animals of both cats and dogs were boarded onto a truck that has air condition and a generator on board. once the plane lands in Virginia the animals will be in the care of HSUS partner shelters as they begin the journey of finding their forever homes.
While some still have a road to recovery ahead, they will be available through Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation, Angels of Assisi and Homeward Trails.
Eddie's Wheels is donating a cart for a dog who is paralyzed. HSUS will be supporting their partners with a portion of the expenses related to their care as they await their forever homes.