Police: Dog breeder charged with animal cruelty

ACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Authorities say a Mississippi man has been charged with animal cruelty and surrendered 104 dogs, but the man denies mistreating the animals.
The Humane Society of the United States and the Humane Society of South Mississippi say in a news release that the dogs were in "horrible conditions" with some caged with dead animals at a "puppy mill" in Tylertown.
The Walthall County Sheriff's Department says 72-year-old James Thornhill was charged Tuesday with one count of misdemeanor animal cruelty. Thornhill said he was booked and released.
Thornhill tells The Associated Press he surrendered the dogs to the Humane Society Monday, but denies mistreating them.
He says one dog died while he was with his sick wife in the hospital and he hadn't had time to remove it from a pen.

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