SENATOBIA, Miss. -- More than 170 animals have been rescued from a puppy mill in North Mississippi.
The animals, which included 100 dogs, a donkey, 12 cats, 50 chickens, 2 turkeys, 3 parrots and 6 rabbits, were found in deplorable conditions in Senatobia, Mississippi.
Some of the dogs were even expecting puppies.
"These animals aren't living on this property. These animals are dying on this property."
Nearly a dozen animals were found dead and others were barely hanging on.
Those in critical condition were rushed to nearby emergency hospitals for treatment.
"This is a puppy mill," said Scotlund Haisley with the rescue organization. "This person has been selling these animals for profit and I can't imagine somebody coming to this property and seeing these animal and saying these conditions are okay, because they're not okay."
According to the Animal Rescue Corps, the animals were found without food or water, and housed in filthy conditions.
They were covered in dirt and suffering from fleas, ticks and worms.
Many were even suffering from alopecia, anemia and malnutrition.
All of the cats, the group said, had upper respiratory problems and eye infections.
Several animals were also found dead on the scene.
"These animals have endured extreme suffering for a very, very long time.” said ARC President Scotlund Haisley. “These animals didn’t have a minute to spare. They were not surviving here, they were dying here. But all of that ends today and we won’t leave this place without taking every animal with us to our emergency shelter.”
Authorities stepped in after receiving a tip there was a puppy mill at the location and an undercover operation provided enough proof for law enforcement to step in.
Now that they have been rescued, the animals will receive thorough veterinary exams, vaccinations, and any other necessary medical treatment.
For people wishing to foster or adopt, ARC will publish its list of shelter and rescue placement partners on its Facebook page once the animals are transferred to these groups.
For more information about Animal Rescue Corps, please visit http://www.animalrescuecorps.org.