Officials say a dozen dogs, living in deplorable conditions, have been rescued from a Pearl River County home.
"It breaks your heart, it really does, you've got to have thick skin to do something like this," said Lauren Fitts, President of Animal Advocates of Pearl River County.
Fitts says the dogs will need a lot of medical attention and malnutrition tops a laundry list of health issues.
"There are some that do have soars, they are obviously flee infested," Fitts said. "We were able to administer some shots out here, but they are going to be going to the Pearl River County SPCA for heartworm testing and things of that nature. "
The conditions of some of the dogs was tough to look at for animal rescue groups who raided the Poplarville home on Shivers Street. They say the home, itself, is barely livable.
"And if electricity and water can't be kept on, I can't imagine that 12 dogs could be feed regularly," Fitts said.
"The condition inside the home is equally as bad, as the animals' welfare," said Poplarville Mayor Brad Necaise.
The home owner said she loved her dogs and took care of them the best she could.
City leaders say complaints from neighbors led to the raid.
"This has been an on-going situation where folks have called in to say that there was a problem," said Necaise. "I've paid a personal visit to the residents to try to resolve this animal issue."
But he says it has unfortunately, come to this - dogs in dire need of food and medical attention.
They'll be taken to the county animal shelter nursed back to health, where, hopefully, they will be adopted soon.