More Charges Against Women In Animal Cruelty Case

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“Two sets of news about this abuser, over 100 dogs & cats living in filth; I just prey they are well enough to come through this & go to homes were they will be loved & cared for. So take a good look at her face…because she is known for stealing dogs too! Lets hope justice is served & she is never allowed to own animals ever again!” 

ABERDEEN, Miss. (WTVA) — More charges have been filed against a woman arrested after last week’s discovery of animals found living in poor conditions.

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Department says 40-year-old 
Cindy Ann House of Hamilton was arrested again Wednesday to face an additional 12 counts of cruelty to animals and five felony counts of dog stealing.

Cindy Ann House, neglected over 100 dogs & cats

Her first arrest was earlier this week only on one animal cruelty charge.

The criminal case began on March 21 when deputies showed up at her home on Center Hill Road to find approximately 100 dogs and several cats.

Sheriff Cecil Cantrell says the animals were living in deplorable conditions.

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ABERDEEN, Miss. (WTVA) — A Hamilton, Mississippi woman has been arrested on charges of animal cruelty.

Monroe County Sheriff Cecil Cantrell says Cindy Ann House, 40, was arrested Monday.

Authorities had been looking for her since the discovery of over 100 dogs and cats living at her home on Center Hill Road.

Cantrell says the animals were living in deplorable conditions.

The animals were removed by Amory Humane Society where they will be evaluated and treated.

House is currently being held at Monroe County Detention Center.

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Horribly neglected puppy discovered in Mississippi

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A terribly neglected puppy was brought to the Tunica, Miss. Humane Society today.

Though her eyes are filled with infection, so badly crusted over with pus that she cannot open them…she wags her tail.



Despite her cracked and bleeding flesh, filled in some places with maggots…she wags her tail.

Noel, as she is now called, has endured a painful life of neglect, yet still, she wags her tail.

She has, until today, been deprived of kindness and compassion, yet still she wags her tail.

Nobody knows who allowed Noel to fall into this pitiful state of health.

Right now, what is important is getting Noel the care that she needs to survive and recover.

The following update was posted on Tuesday afternoon at the Tunica Humane Society Facebook page:

It will take months and months of special care to restore this puppy’s health but we will not fail her. The indifference to these animals will not win in Tunica County.

We are here and we will heal this innocent baby. Even when I was taking these pictures, her little tail was wagging against the kennel.

How these dogs can be so forgiving, I will never understand. That is why we as humans can learn so much from these animals. They teach us to be kinder human beings.

Noel is being treated by a veterinarian for her deluge of maladies.

Please keep this neglected puppy in your thoughts as she heals from her many wounds.

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Dog That Ate Rocks To Try To Survive Is On Road To Recovery

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Last week an 18-month old dog called Joey was so hungry he was eating rocks. Found on the street in Tunica, Mississippi Joey was starving to death. He is now on the road to recovery.

When Joey was rescued he was so thin his ribs were poking through his skin and he could barely walk. He had been abandoned and neglected, not having been fed in months. At a year and a half old he weighed only pounds more than a puppy. He was finally saved by Tunica shelter director Sandy Williams.

Willimas brought Joey to the Central Animal Hospital where the vets there have been working hard to help him. Dr. Pam Chandler said, “He is the most emaciated that I have ever seen in a pet that was living.” Once evaluated by the vets it became clear Joey had been eating rocks in a desperate attempt to satisfy his hunger and stay alive. “They removed 14 or 15 large rocks from his colon and stomach area,” said Williams.

Williams is horrified not only that Joey was abandoned, but that no one did anything to help him for so long. “I was told when I picked him up that his owner had been in jail for several months, but how can a community turn their back on a little dog like this?

Joey is starting to recover and making big improvements. Last week the vets weren’t even sure if he would make it, but he has already gained two pounds and is thriving in the loving environment provided by the vets. “He loves to be in people’s laps,” said Dr. Jennifer Karnes. “ We’ve created a wonderful monster; Joey thinks he should be the center of attention at all times.”

Joey is being closely monitored by an internal specialist. Because of the rocks he ate he needs to be walked eight times a day. The vets still don’t know whether there will be long term damage from the rocks or not. Joey will spend at least another month at the vet recovering.

Adoption inquiries have come in from all over the country from those touched by Joey’s story. The vets are waiting until Joey’s until they have a better knowledge of what ongoing medical issues Joey may have before placing him.

Police in Tunica, Mississippi are conducting a criminal investigation into Joey’s mistreatment. They are trying to locate Joey’s owner and have been going door to door in his neighbourhood but haven’t found any leads yet.

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In Defense Of Animals Offers $7,000 Reward In Tennessee Dog Cruelty Case

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“Come on guy’s somebody knows who did this, if someone is covering for them just think on…it could be your dog or someone’s family next! I scoured the internet for a picture of Corona for people to see if they recognised the dog, so I got a nice surprise when I found this one, looking so much better, on a Face Book page. She has almost a perfect triangle on her nose which is quite distinctive…if anyone recognises her owner, please contact the number below. I looked at so many FB sites for a picture, I forgot to add the link & now can’t find it, sorry, I’ll keep looking & if I find it I will amend this asap.”

Reward fund now totals $7,000 to convict person(s) who shot dog in the mouth

(We would not have posted the before picture without a happy after picture, but we think it’s important to understand just how heinous this crime is. – photo credit: Warren County Humane Society)

Warren County, Tenn. (August 14, 2012) – In Defense of Animals (IDA), the international animal protection organization that operates Hope Animal Sanctuary in Mississippi, has added $2,000 to a reward fund for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whomever beat a dog and shot her through the mouth, leaving her for dead in Warren County, Tennessee. This brings the total reward to $7,000.

On August 8, Warren County Humane Society Cruelty Investigator Clay Lerch responded to an injured dog call. A kind family had been feeding and caring for a stray dog for weeks. The dog, who the family named Corona, showed up bleeding from the mouth, nose, and eyes. Investigator Lerch believed that Corona had been shot but could find no entry wound.

Corona was taken to Dr. Gayle Tate, who first believed that the dog had been struck with a board or bat across the face. During surgery, Dr. Tate became concerned about the deep wound on Corona’s tongue. An x-ray showed bullet fragments in her throat and stomach. Someone had placed a gun in her mouth and pulled the trigger.

“What is so sad is that I imagine that this wonderful and friendly girl probably sat wagging her tail and this coward put the gun in her mouth and shot her and then hit her across the nose,” Lerch said on the Humane Society website. “It takes a truly callous and immoral person to do this.”

“The cold-bloodedness of this crime indicates what a danger this abuser is to all of us,” noted Jack Carone, Communications Director for IDA. “Someone knows who did this, and will be doing a service to everyone by stepping forward.” Carone added that FBI and other law enforcement agencies agree that a person who commits cruelty to animalsis probably just warming up,” a reference to studies showing that unpunished violence to animals usually leads to violence directed at people.

IDA urges anyone with information about this brutal attack to contact the Warren County Humane Society at 931-743-0164. To contribute to the reward fund, please call IDA at (415) 448-0048, ext.0.

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The HSUS Offers Reward in Possible Mississippi Horse Abuse Case

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The Humane Society of the United States is offering a reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for possibly ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­abandoning and injuring a horse in Soso, Miss.

The Case: On March 2 the Jones County Sheriff’s Department discovered a red sorrel horse with extensive injuries in a remote area of Jones County on West Brushy Road off of Pleasant Home Road near Hwy 533. The horse, who is now being called Bright Eyes, has deep wounds on his back and girth areas, and stab wounds on his back right leg. Bright Eyes, who is approximately five years old, has a white star on his forehead and white socks on both rear legs and his front right leg. Authorities are seeking the owner of this horse for information regarding his injuries.

Animal Cruelty: Getting the serious attention of law enforcement, prosecutors and the community in cases involving allegations of cruelty to animals is an essential step in protecting the community.

“This horse has been through severe trauma, not only physically but even his spirit will take a long time to heal. Bright Eyes was essentially left to suffer and die on the side of the road and was rescued just in time to save his life,” said Lydia Sattler, Mississippi state director for The HSUS. “It is important to find the person responsible for the possible abandonment and injuries to this horse and hold them accountable for their actions.”

The Investigators: Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Jones County Sheriff’s Department at 601-425-3147.

Resources: The HSUS Animal Cruelty Campaign raises public awareness and educates communities about the connection between animal cruelty and human violence while providing a variety of resources to law enforcement agencies, social work professionals, educators, legislators and families. The HSUS offers rewards in animal cruelty cases across the country and works to strengthen laws against animal cruelty. To see information on statistics, trends, laws and animal cruelty categories, go to

Media Contact: Jordan Crump, 301-548-7793,

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