The owner of a Kemper County animal shelter, where more than 170 dogs and several cats were seized last week, had tried earlier this year to have a dog taken away from a Neshoba County resident.

Virginia Robinson, 56, of Preston was charged with disorderly conduct last week after Kemper County sheriff's department and animal rights volunteers seized the animals at Raven's Hope, a non-profit organization she owned that claimed to offer animals for adoption.

The officers and volunteers found dogs either roaming or caged throughout the three-acre site in filthy and deplorable conditions, according to the Humane Society of the United States.

That included around 30 dogs that were living in Robinson's house.

Robinson was released on bond later in the day but could face other criminal charges, Kemper County Sheriff James Moore said.

On Jan. 8, 2010, Robinson filed an affidavit in Neshoba County Justice Court charging that Melissa Fenley, at the time, had a dog living in a vacant trailer without food and water.

Justice Court Judge Steve Cumberland dismissed the charge after it was determined that the allegations were untrue.

Moore described the conditions the animals were living in at Raven's Hope as deplorable and especially in the house, which was covered in animal feces. They were being housed in feces-ridden outdoor pens and inside the cramped, unsanitary home. Many of the animals were sick or injured, he said.

When responders arrived on the scene, they found breeds ranging from hound mixes to Labrador retriever mixes being kept. A veterinarian on the scene determined that many of the dogs suffered from medical ailments such as skin infections, untreated wounds and other serious ailments.

The seizure is the largest known animal rescue in Kemper County, officials said.

The Humane Society had equipment that could hold the large volume of animals. The sheriff's department was also assisted by more than 30 people from both the state and national organizations and other volunteers.

The roundup resumed on Wednesday as they continued to find roaming animals.

The Mississippi Animal Rescue League provides assistance to animals in need throughout the state.