LACKEY, Miss. (WTVA) -- It's a scene hard to process for all involved.
"You've got dogs inside living in two dogs per cage going to the bathroom in there. It's just awful," Monroe County Sheriff Cecil Cantrell said.
Officials say this investigation has all the appearances of a puppy mill.
One hundred or more dogs are crammed either inside a dark house or outside in two small enclosures.
St. Bernard puppies are just feet away from other very sick, pure bred animals.
"It's a very sad situation for these animals. They are covered with mange. Some are bleeding. Some have sores. The environmental conditions alone are just terrible-the ammonia smell inside the household."
Dogs, two to a kennel, are brought outside for some fresh air. The stench which reaches 20 to 30 feet from the house is almost unbearable.
A person who identifies himself only as a dog sitter helps with removal.
Officials say the person they want to find is 40-year-old Cindy Ann House Umbel. She is wanted for questioning in connection with this incident and for an active warrant on the books in Lowndes County.