February 2, 2011 1:50:00 PM
Authorities are trying to find out who dumped the carcasses of nearly 50 dogs and several cats in a creek in north Mississippi.
Sheriff Randy M. Tolar said the carcasses were found this week under a bridge on a rural county road in Prentiss County near the town of Baldwyn. Some of the animals appeared to have been shot.
Tolar said the animals included a "wide range of breeds and ages" and were in various states of decomposition. At least one deer carcass was found. A video of the scene has been circulating on the Internet. The carcasses have since been removed.
Tolar said authorities don''t know why the animals were killed or who dumped them.
The Humane Society of the United States is offering a reward of up to $2,500 for information in the case.
The animals were taken to a veterinarian for necropsy, but many were too decomposed to determine a cause of death, the Humane Society said Wednesday in a news release.
This is at least the second time this year that Mississippi authorities have investigated a major dumping ground for cats and dogs.
An animal control officer in Canton, about 25 miles north of Jackson, was accused last month of killing as many as 100 dogs and cats and dumping the carcasses into a creek.
Both cases have renewed calls for Mississippi lawmakers to adopt more stringent animal cruelty laws. Mississippi is one of four states that doesn''t have a felony animal cruelty law against dogs and cats.
preed commented at 2/3/2011 10:20:00 AM:
This makes me sick!!! PLEASE pass an animal cruelty law that will punish and hopefully discourage these stupid people from getting dogs and cats that they do not take care of! Pets require responsibility from their owners. If you don't want that responsibility DON'T GET A PET!!!! And if it turns out Animal Control Officers are doing this they should be fired and jailed!! Or taken to a ditch and shot!
headringer commented at 2/3/2011 9:44:00 PM:
It makes me sick that you can murder an unborn child but people are worried about animals.
ckirby commented at 2/3/2011 10:02:00 PM:
And there's something disturbing about someone who protests treatment of unborn children but ridicules others whose sensitivities go even farther, to include domesticated animals, pets and friends of other species. I believe the right word is hypocrite.
headringer commented at 2/3/2011 11:26:00 PM:
I am not ridiculing anyone, nor do i support mistreating animals. Our priorities are out of place is all I am saying.
ckirby commented at 2/4/2011 6:38:00 AM:
The same statement you made is heard from anti-abortion proponents all the time and it's a time worn, but unsuccessful, public relations technique. An attempt at embarrassment and it it assumes a falsehood, that people who protest the abuse and mistreatment of animals support abortion or don't support anti-abortion legislation. That is not a good way to win over hearts and minds, smacks of pompous self-righteousness and maligns people who are probably more supportive of both human and animal rights than people who consider animals mere property, such as those who demean attempts to reduce animal cruelty. If you or other anti-abortion proponents want to change the status quo, perhaps taking on the nine people on the Supreme Court would do more than demeaning animal rights activists.