ASPCA Managing Operations in Mississippi Puppy Mill Investigation (Corgi's among the dead and sick)

The ASPCA under the authority and request of Shirley C. Byers of the Marshall Co. Prosecutor’s Office in Marshall County, MS, is managing operations in the investigation of a local puppy mill where more than 75 dogs are being seized.

The Marshall County Sheriff’s Department, led by Sheriff Kenny Dickerson, served a warrant, along with Sgt. Kelly McMillan, Investigators Gary Byrd and David Pannell and Officer Tracy Jefferies. Charges against the puppy mill’s owners are currently pending, but the dogs have been signed over to the ASPCA.

Tim Rickey, the ASPCA Senior Director of Field Investigations and Response, says the dogs, which include small breeds such as Shih Tzus, Lhasa Apsos, Pugs, Yorkshire Terriers, Corgis and Chihuahuas, were discovered living in feces-encrusted pens and filth. He says many of the dogs are underweight and appear to have skin problems, among other medical conditions. Several dead adult dogs and puppies were also discovered.

Also on the scene with the ASPCA are the American Humane Association, Marshall County Humane Society, Mississippi State University and Collierville (TN) Humane Society, who are removing and transporting animals to an emergency shelter site at the Marshall County Humane Society Clinic in Byhalia, MS, where they will be triaged by a veterinary team and temporarily sheltered before being exported to other animal welfare agencies and ultimately made available for adoption.

“The ASPCA works in partnership with local groups to rescue animals like these from deplorable conditions,” says Matt Bershadker, Senior Vice President of Anti-Cruelty for the ASPCA. “Without the support and collaboration of these agencies, this crucial, life-saving work would not be possible.”

Veterinarians, including Dr. Rebecca Coleman of Memphis, TN, Dr. Phil Bushby, a faculty member at Mississippi State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, and Dr. Kimberly Woodruff, also with Mississippi State, are examining animals, and those requiring immediate medical care will be treated.

“We appreciate the diligence of the Marshall County Prosecutor’s Office in pursuing this case and are pleased to be able to lend our assistance, both in terms of human resources and equipment, in our ongoing fight against animal cruelty,” says Rickey.

The investigation was set into motion after local officials contacted the ASPCA several weeks ago. For more information about puppy mills and how to fight animal cruelty, visit

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Comment by Ed and Michelle on February 6, 2010 at 2:20pm
They should make the sick breeder live the way he/she treated the dogs! DISGUSTING PIECE OF S&^T!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Comment by Wendt Worth Corgi's on February 6, 2010 at 1:32pm
This is so sad. I saw some of the pictures of the dogs and horrible. I didn't see any pictures of Corgis but horrible and little breeds like Chihuahua's need to be in heated buildings not run down shacks in dark musty filth. Pitiful how some treat their animals. This story has hit the big Corgi lists, so the word is getting out.
Comment by Derek on February 6, 2010 at 9:43am
Delete Comment This was all I found. I just hate when these things happen. I hoped that by posting it, maybe someone on here is near by and might look into helping out or even adopting one of them. After the life they have had they deserve a damn good home, and I know the people on here would love and dote on them if they could. These places should be outlawed, or be required to undergo MONTHLY random inspections! No more animals in cramped cages! NO more finding dead pups with their immacianted mother! No more Puppy Mills. It is horrendous, and the owners should be ashamed of themselves!
Comment by Cindi on February 5, 2010 at 11:51pm
Glad they were found out. Mississippi has very poor animal cruelty laws, unfortunately. They'll probably get a fine and a "no no bad person" from the judge. Ughh. Any news on the corgis? How many and are they well enough to be released to new homes?
Comment by John Wolff on February 5, 2010 at 11:42pm
Hooray, finally, a post I can almost read without glasses. I've misplaced all 8 pairs of reading glasses; I have to ask Gwynnie to read this for me.
Comment by Jennifer Markley on February 5, 2010 at 9:04pm
Exactly the reason why breeding should be under strict control. Abhorable.
Comment by Joyce and Mollie on February 5, 2010 at 8:03pm
Comment by Jenn on February 5, 2010 at 7:34pm
Comment by Jane Christensen on February 5, 2010 at 6:34pm
I wish the people who did this would have to live like these poor animals had to live for as long as they made these poor defenseless animals live like this!!!!
Comment by Derek on February 5, 2010 at 6:32pm
oops, sorry, I made the font larger because it was newspaper size on my computer, and it hurt my eyes to try.... maybe I need glasses. I will make the font smaller for you all.

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