The Mississippi Animal Rescue League is the largest full service humane society in Central Mississippi. Our cruelty investigations are extensive. On an average, MARL receives 350-400 cruelty complaints annually involving over 1500 animals.

MARL fights animal abuse through cruelty investigation and removing animals from abusive environments. Many of these animals are seized by us and charges brought against the owners. We work with local law enforcement agencies and national animal welfare agencies such as the Humane Society of the United States to remove animals from unhealthy, neglectful conditions, such as puppy mills and animal hoarding.

Put a Stop to Puppy Mills

Puppy mills are breeding facilities that produce purebred puppies in large numbers. The puppies are sold either directly to the public via the Internet, newspaper ads, at the mill itself, or are sold to brokers and pet shops around the country.

The Mississippi Animal Rescue League receives complaints nearly daily from people who have purchased an animal from one of these facilities. Very often, the puppies coming from these places are poor quality, and face problems due to lack of socialization with humans, overcrowded cages, little or no veterinary care and are harboring genetically borne diseases.

Puppy mills are “profit only” enterprises, with little or no concern for the animals. They advertise, “Pure bred” with “papers.” Purebred registration papers only state that the female purebred dog has mated with a male purebred dog. They have nothing to do with the quality or health of the pet. The AKC, the most widely recognized purebred dog registry, readily notes that it “is not itself involved in the sale of dogs and cannot therefore guarantee the health and quality of dogs in its registry.” Clearly, it is buyer beware.

AKC papers only mean that someone has registered the dog with the AKC. Often papers are forged or not given to the owner at all.

Before purchasing a puppy from a breeder, make sure you can see the mother dog and her surroundings. Is the place clean? How many dogs are they breeding? If it is multi-needs, you can be sure it’s a puppy mill. If the people will not allow you in the facility or they tell you they will meet you somewhere with the puppy, do not buy it.

If you suspect that an animal is being abused, please call 601-969-1631.