Dog breeder charged with animal cruelty

September 3, 2009 9:42:43 AM PDT
The Wilson County Sheriff's Office arrested a dog breeder Thursday after authorities found hundreds of animals living at her home two weeks ago. Ranna Michelle Scott, 38, operates what investigators call a puppy mill located on Lloyd Rd. in Lucama, which is in Wilson County.

She is charged with 13 counts of felony cruelty to animals because authorities found the dogs in poor health.

Major Mickey Wilson of the Wilson County Sheriff's Office said officials visited Scott's home Aug. 21 and found more than 230 dogs needing medical attention. They returned days later and discovered Scott sent the dogs as far away as Mississippi, South Carolina and Tennessee.

Authorities rescued some of the animals and sent them to rescue groups or foster homes. Some of the dogs could not be saved due to their medical conditions.

Wilson told Eyewitness News Thursday that investigators still have a couple of places to check for dogs.

Scott is being held in the Wilson County Jail under a $20,000 bond.

Authorities say the investigation is ongoing and urges anyone with information about Scott or the location of any of her animals to call the Wilson County Sheriff's Office Animal Enforcement Division at 252-265-5971.

Her first court appearance is Friday at 9 a.m.

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