SIMPSON COUNTY, MS (WLBT) - Homes have been found for almost all of the 36 dogs found abandoned in Simpson County in January.
The puppy mill was beside a rental house at 223 Highway 28 East at Magee. Patty and Robert McCarthy, who appeared to be in their 30's, are accused of abandoning the 36 animals with no food, water, or in some cases shelter.
The dogs were mostly expensive small pets like Yorkies, Pomeranians, and Doxies.
Sheriff Kenneth Lewis of Simpson County said, "I don't know why a guy would run off and leave 36 dogs that are worth two, three hundred dollars a piece."
The case really upset Debra Boswell, executive director of the Mississippi Animal Rescue League.
"In the state of Mississippi, there is no regulation, no agency that governs or regulates or licenses these kinds of operations. Hopefully the new animal welfare, animal cruelty legislation their standards of care will have to improve."
Ironically, WLBT learned of the story the day the House Judiciary B Committee approved some new animal cruelty legislation. The bill author, Senator Robert Dearing of Natchez, thinks this is the year it will pass.
"It creates a felony offense for aggravated assault. That is when you purposely harm a dog or a cat, it just pertains to dogs and cats."
All but three of the dogs have been adopted.
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