Puppy mill turns over 39 dogs to Humane Society

djournal-lee-countyBy JB Clark

Daily Journal

TUPELO – Twenty puppies are awaiting good homes after being rescued from a Guntown puppy mill.

The Tupelo-Lee Humane Society took in 39 Jack Russell terrier, dachshund, miniature pinscher and Chihuahua puppies after they were found to be living in substandard conditions.

Lee County Sheriff Jim Johnson said the owner of the mill was physically unable to properly care for the more than 120 dogs on her County Road 833 property.

Johnson said animal cruelty charges were avoided with an agreement for the owner of the mill to turn over dogs she couldn’t care for.

Nelson Gravatt, president of the Tupelo-Lee Humane Society’s board of directors, said the shelter took possession of the 39 animals Dec. 18.

After some were adopted and others euthanized due to serious health issues, 20 puppies remain for adoption at the South Gloster Street facility.

Lydia Sattler, Mississippi state director of the Humane Society of the United States, said many of the puppy mill’s more than 120 dogs were given away in the days before the animals were turned over Dec. 18.

The 39 animals taken by the shelter were the only ones that remained.

Summer Knight, interim executive director of the Tupelo-Lee Humane Society, said the mill was brought to the shelter’s attention at the end of November and they negotiated with the mill’s owner from then until the date of the seizure.

jb.clark@journalinc.com