LACKEY, Miss. (WTVA) -- When officials arrived on scene Thursday, March 21 the living conditions for dozens of animals proved shocking.
"It's a very sad situation for these animals. They are covered in mange. Some are bleeding. Some have sores. The environmental conditions alone are just terrible," Amory Human Society Director Mitzie Smith said.
One day after the Department of Human Services removed a small child from the home on Center Hill Road, work began to rescue animals kept in kennels or confined to small enclosures.
Arrested for animal cruelty is 40-year-old Cindy Ann House.
The charge is a misdemeanor which carries up to a $1,000 fine and up to six months in jail.
"I really wish the penalties were more to send a message to people that you just can't do these things and it's just a bad situation when people think they can treat them anyway they want to and really you can't do that," Monroe County Sheriff Cecil Cantrell said.
While her case moves through the court system, the healing begins for the animals at the Amory Humane Society.
Shelter officials say they have received numerous calls about the animals that were seized from a Monroe County home, but just like all the other animals at the shelter, each one is handled on a case by case basis.
"People are wanting to donate and they have. They want to adopt the animals. They're just calling about their conditions and to see how they're doing. People are following up with that," Smith added.
While they are safe at the shelter for now, it remains possible for the suspect to reclaim the dogs.
House can request a hearing. She also must post bond.
If she does not, the animals become the property of the Amory Humane Society Friday, April fifth.
Photographs of the animals will be posted on the Amory Humane Society Facebook page.
Adoption information will also be posted.