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‘Dire conditions’ found at possible Mississippi animal cruelty situation

In this file photo, one of 60 dog rescued from a hoarding situation in Bay St. Louis peers through the cage where it now lives at Hancock Animal Shelter. The Jones County Sheriff's Department is investigating a possible animal cruelty situation after an anonymous tip was give to the Southern Cross Animal Rescue.
In this file photo, one of 60 dog rescued from a hoarding situation in Bay St. Louis peers through the cage where it now lives at Hancock Animal Shelter. The Jones County Sheriff's Department is investigating a possible animal cruelty situation after an anonymous tip was give to the Southern Cross Animal Rescue. Sun Herald file

The Jones County Sheriff's Department has begun an "extensive investigation" into a possible animal cruelty situation.

Spokesperson Allyson Knotts said in a press conference Wednesday the department is working with the National Humane Society and Southern Cross Animal Rescue to investigate an anonymous tip.

While details are limited, Knotts did say trained and medical professionals were looking throughout a Jones County property for animals.

"The investigation is at its early stages and we still expect a lot of information to come maybe not even throughout today but throughout the days to come," Knotts said.

Knotts was unable to give a specific number of animals, but she said they believe the animals to be domesticated animals, mostly cats and dogs.

Knotts could not say if this was a case of neglect or dog fighting, but she did say it seems to be more an issue living conditions.

"There's no way one agency could handle this," Knotts said. "It takes several weeks to put an operation like this rescue together.

"It is going to be a long process, but right now we're looking at just some horrific images, if you will."

The investigation is ongoing.

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