Robinson in Kemper County Courtroom

Virginia Robinson appeared in Kemper County Justice Court Tuesday, requesting that three of the more than 170 dogs taken from her Mar. 9 be returned.

Officials took the animals from her, due to the deplorable condition of her property.

A Kemper County Judge denied Robinson's request. Justice Court Judge Mary Gully said she denied it, based on expert witnesses who testified. One of those was Dr. Mary Fooshee, a veterinarian with the Mississippi Animal Rescue League. She was one of the first to survey the site on the day of the seizure.

"When I walked in and there were dead animals in the house, and feces this thick, packed. So, I told the judge not only did I not think the animals needed to be returned to her, I did not think she needs to live in that house," said Dr. Fooshee. "It's dangerous. It needs to be torn down."

During court proceedings, Robinson told officials that the outside of the house looked the way it did, because about a month leading up to the seizure, it had rained almost every day. As for the inside, she says it no longer looks the way it did the day of the seizure.

Dr. Fooshee and another witness from the Humane Society of the United States testified that most of the dogs had the mange.

"I bet 98% of them did and the other 2% just weren't showing it yet," said Fooshee. "Any animals that stayed in that house any period of time already have lung damage."

Following the judge's ruling Newscenter 11 attempted to speak with Robinson, asking if she had anything to say.

"No, ma'am, because you won't tell the truth. They just took my dogs, based on lies," said Robinson.

"I believe in the beginning her heart was in the right place," said Fooshee. "It's just gone completely out of control."


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