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People line up to adopt seized pets

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) - A Hattiesburg animal shelter received an unexpected visit from more than 20 people waiting to adopt puppies rescued from an alleged puppy mill in Stone County earlier this week.

WDAM TV reports that people arrived at the Southern Pines Animal Shelter before it opened Thursday.

Shelter employees said the puppies recovered from the mill had a contagious skin disease, and adopters must wait an additional week before picking up their animals.

The Humane Society of South Mississippi, Southern Pines Animal Shelter, Humane Society of the United States, and the Stone County Sheriff's Department recovered more than 70-dogs from an alleged large-scale breeding operation in which animals were kept in deplorable conditions and bred repeatedly without regard for their health.
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