Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Puppy Mill Bust in Phelps County, MO

Yesterday the Humane Society of Missouri Animal Cruelty Task Force rescued more than 100 dogs from an unlicensed, substandard puppy mill in Phelps County, Missouri. Two cats and 100 dogs were rescued. Dog breeds include mainly Pomeranians, Jack Russell Terriers, Yorkshire Terriers, Chihuahuas and Poodle mix breeds.
The animals’ kennels were observed to be caked with feces and urine. A number of the dogs appeared in need of veterinary and grooming care. The animals were housed in too few cages for their number and had limited access to solid footing as the cages had wire floors which can cause paw and leg problems. Several puppies and a mother were in a filthy, dirt floor pen with the only water source an algae-lined bucket of mosquito-infested water.

The rescued dogs have been taken to the Humane Society’s Headquarters on Macklind Avenue in
St. Louis for triage. The animals will remain in the custody of the Humane Society of Missouri until the disposition hearing scheduled for October 8 in Phelps County.

If custody of the dogs is awarded to the Humane Society of Missouri, as many of the animals as possible will be made available for adoption. Persons interested in adopting one of these dogs should visit the
Humane Society of Missouri website to check availability and adoption location.

For Love of a Dog supports the Humane Society of Missouri

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