Biloxi Police officials on Sunday found a dead pit bull stuffed into a bag and placed in a kennel in the backyard of a rental house on Pringle Circle.
Police responded to the 1600 block of Pringle Circle after neighbors reported a foul odor coming from the fenced yard.
Biloxi police found the deceased male pit bull behind a wooden privacy fence in the backyard. Animal Control Officer Jeff Windom rescued a female pit bull from the backyard as well. The dog was emaciated, officials said.
A neighbor who chose not to be identified said tenants rented the home about three weeks ago and dropped the dogs off in the backyard. The neighbor said the tenants said they would be in and out of the home, which is still unoccupied. The neighbor said he fed the dogs for several days last week but had to stop because he could not afford to feed his own pets.
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About five days later, the man said he started smelling something foul and peeked over the fence. He saw the dog had been placed inside of a bag and then put into the kennel.
Windom said the owners of the dogs will likely be charged with aggravated cruelty to animals when they are located by police.