A couple in Coffeeville, Miss., is accused of walking out on their pets, leaving them unattended for at least a month, reported Monday’s WTVA News.
The heartbreaking situation was brought to the attention of In Defense of Animals (IDA), who worked with the local sheriff’s department to investigate the report of neglect.
Officials went to the home of Christina Montgomery and Rodney Hanks, where they discovered the toll that the lengthy abandonment had taken on the animals who were left behind.
IDA’s Hope Animal Sanctuary director, Doll Stanley, described what was found:
When Officer Bailey and I had completed the search of the residence I’d documented eight dead and decomposing animals confined in rooms without food or water, and the ghastly decomposing body of a dog in a bag in the backseat of the vehicle in the yard,”
More bodies, in various states of decomposition, were found on the floor of a child’s bedroom.
Amazingly, three animals managed to survive.
It appeared that dirty water, left within the home’s open toilet, provided just enough fluid for the animals to live.
A warrant for the arrest of Christina Montgomery and Rodney Hanks has been issued.
Anyone with tips or information as to where these people can be found are asked to call the Yalobusha County Sheriff’s Department at 662-473-2722, or anonymously report the information to Hope Animal Sanctuary at 662-809-4483.
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