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Most times I post about wild animal issues. But when big issues involving domestic animals do pop up on my radar, I do my best to post about them. Recently, the Humane Society of the United States was on the ground in Mississippi rescuing over 100 animals from deplorable conditions. The property was 161 acres. There were 55 Dogs and 34 Cats removed from the property, as well as Horses, Mini-Horses, and a few other species. All but 5 were surrendered to the HSUS. The 5 that weren’t are being expertly cared for through the court process. The conditions were deplorable. The cages were bare or filled with junk. The house was filled with junk. It was horrible. It was an extreme case of animal hoarding. When animals died, they were simply covered with a tarp and left to rot in the cages. The conditions left one rescuer in tears. The HSUS put together a video on its YouTube channel that details the conditions and the rescue better than I could ever describe them. It was something out of your worst nightmare. If you have a weak stomach, I suggest watching cautiously or not at all.
The Jones County Sheriff’s Department takes animal cruelty seriously. They even acknowledge that animal cruelty laws need to be stronger in the state. Mississippi is one of the only states where egregious animal cruelty is a felony. Two suspects have been charged with aggravated animal cruelty. It is the strongest possible charge but is only a misdemeanor.
The Humane Society and its Mississippi advocates are working hard to get laws changed, but have been unsuccessful. I ask all Mississippi residents to please contact your representatives and ask them to get these laws passed! And I ask everyone to please treat animals like they should be treated: as sentient beings.
For the Animals in Mississippi,
International Animal Welfare