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Case ID: 18484
Classification: Neglect / Abandonment
Animal: dog (non pit-bull)
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Saturday, Jan 22, 2011

County: Simpson

Charges: Misdemeanor
Disposition: Alleged

» Robert Ian McCarty
» Patricia Lynn McCarty

A man wanted in connection with an animal cruelty case in Mississippi has been arrested in Florida, police said.

Simpson County deputies serving an eviction notice in January at a home on Highway 28 in Magee found three dozen dogs living alone without food, water or shelter, officials said.

The Pomeranians and dachshunds were used in a puppy mill, said Debra Boswell, with the Mississippi Animal Rescue League. When the puppy mill was shut down, the dogs were left to fend for themselves, she said. MARL took in the dogs, nursed them back to health and adopted them out.

The Simpson County Sheriff's Department issued warrants in January for Robert Ian McCarty and his wife, Patricia Lynn McCarty. They are facing 36 misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty, the sheriff said.

Robert Ian McCarty was arrested this week in Tampa, Fla., after Hillsborough County Animal Services received complaints that the couple was selling puppies along roadways in Florida, reported. He waived extradition and is expected back to be returned to Simpson County next week, where he will face charges, the county district attorney said.

Authorities said they are searching for 46-year-old Patricia Lynn McCarty. McCarty is also known by the pseudonym Patty Renfroe.

Officials describe Patricia McCarty as blonde hair, 5'2'' and last seen in the Kenneth City / St. Pete area. Officials believe McCarty is driving a brown 1997 Chrysler van with Mississippi license plate number S - P - U - 4 - 9 - 4.

Anyone with information on Patricia McCarty's whereabouts is asked to contact local authorities immediately at 813-744-5660 or after-hours at 813-744-5550.

This is not the first time they had operated a breeding facility. They also had a kennel Keystone Kennel at 5717 Cumming Highway, Canton, GA in 2004 and numerous other addresses throughout GA from 1999 - 2008. There were many complaints of sick puppies being sold.

Keystone Kennel AKA Miniature Dachshunds of Georgia reports can be viewed here.


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