HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - An employee of the Southern Pines Animal Shelter arrived at work Monday morning and found 11 Shepard mix puppies tied to the gate.
Surveillance video at the shelter showed a woman taking two puppies at a time by the neck from her vehicle and using zip ties and baling wire to tie them to the fence. The zip ties had been tightened around their neck.
The puppies apparently struggled to free themselves throughout the night. One of them died trying to get loose and the rest suffered serious injuries and had to be euthanized.
Shelter manager Lara Hudson has filed an official complaint with the Hattiesburg Police.
"It is just gut wrenching to see this happen to the most innocent animals," said Hudson. "These pets, domestic animals shouldn't be treated in this manner. It's now a crime in the State of Mississippi to commit animal cruelty."
Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact the Hattiesburg Police.