The rescue was conducted by the Humane Society, in partnership with local law enforcement, after receiving complaints of abuse by people who had seen the dogs being sold at a flea market, the Sun-Herald reports. Those tips ultimately led authorities to investigate two properties in Alcorn County.
At the first site, 53 dogs, including more than a dozen puppies, were found and moved to a safe location. Many of the animals had been discovered in cramped, filth-covered wire cages. Others were tucked away in a barn in the dark. Schmitt says those animals appeared to have never seen sunlight before.