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3 on Your Side: A rare look inside a puppy mill raid

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By Marsha Thompson - bio | email

PEARL RIVER COUNTY, MS (WLBT) - WLBT has a rare look inside a Mississippi puppy mill that was raided in Pearl River County on July 13th.  Some 130 animals were rescued from a feces-littered home.  The 68-year-old owner, Betty Burns, is charged with animal neglect.

It happened at Sea Breeze Kennels which advertised puppies for sale through classifieds and the Internet.  The puppies and adult animals were confined to cramped cages for life.  They had little medical care and very little human interaction.  Two were found dead inside the home. An HSUS investigator had this to say when she walked inside.

"We're inside a puppy mill in Carriere, Mississippi.  We are taking everything out. T he floor is covered with filth and feces everywhere, and you get an ammonia smell that is just so overpowering.  Really young puppies, look at the condition these animals are being raised in Some of them you look in their eyes.  They are terrified, but once you get them in your arms, they see that they actually trust you and taking them to their first breath outdoors, and it's a great sight to see," she said.

According to Mississippi Animal Rescue League Director Debra Boswell, "By the time they left the hospital they were learning to play with toys and respond to multiple staff members, so it will just take time."

Two weeks later the dogs appeared happy and healthy.  Some played with toys, yet some still cowered and appeared frightened when strangers approached.

Animal activists said the seized dogs will require intense human contact to be fully socialized. 30 animals are now receiving special care at the Mississippi Animal Rescue League in Jackson. 

Boswell said it will take time to reintroduce the puppies and adult dogs to a different lifestyle in order to gain their trust.  There is hope she said for puppies looking for that special human touch from a loving companion and a second chance.

"They've lived their hell on earth.  They've paid their dues.  They need a happy loving home where they can get some attention," said Boswell.

These special needs animals are available for adoption to "select homes."  Call the Mississippi Animal Rescue League for more information at 601-969-1631.

And here's link to the Human Society of the United States press release and video of the raid:  http://www.humanesociety.org/news/press_releases/2010/07/ms_puppy_mill_rescue_072110.html

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