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Four Mississippi Residents Pleaded Guilty to Animal Abuse Charges

In October, local and national groups rescued 171 dogs, other animals from two suspected puppy mills

Defendants from two suspected Alcorn County, Mississippi puppy mills pleaded guilty to misdemeanor animal abuse charges in Alcorn County Justice Court. Each of the four defendants received a suspended 90-day jail sentence, a $500 fine, and a lifetime ownership ban on all animals. Judge Jimmy McGee presided over the case.

The Humane Society of the United States, along with the Alcorn-Corinth Animal Shelter and other local groups, rescued 171 dogs, puppies and other animals in October 2014.

Lydia Sattler, Mississippi state director for The HSUS issued the following statement: “We’re pleased to see the Alcorn County taking animal cruelty so seriously. We hope this ruling will make others think twice before putting profit above making animals suffer in terrible conditions. We’re so grateful to the Alcorn-Corinth Animal Shelter and the Alcorn County Sheriff’s Department for stepping up to help these animals and all of the groups working to find the animals loving homes.”

For more information on the rescue, click here.

Media Contact: Kaitlin Sanderson: 240-672-8397; ksanderson@humanesociety.org