On June 14, 2010 the Humane Society of Missouri’s Animal Cruelty Task Force was called in to help shut down another substandard puppy mill in central Missouri. This puppy mill was run by a breeder licensed by both the US Dept of Agriculture and the MO Dept Agriculture.
Canines removed included 109 Cocker Spaniels, Poodles, Pekingese, Beagles, Shih Tzues, and Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. All at the request of the MO Dept Agriculture. The facility was cited by the USDA and MDA for lack of sanitation. Citations included kennel areas overrun by feces and insects, overcrowded and unsafe pens with exposed wires and jagged edges, and chronic lack of adequate ventilation.
With heat indexes well over 90 degrees, the rescuers found indoor conditions almost unbearable. Dogs and pupples were underweight, lethargic and dehydrated. Dogs were matted with encrusted fur, fleas, and displayed bloated bellies. Dogs were also suffering pneumonia, eye infections, paw pad burns and other severe infections.
All the rescued puppies and dogs have received veterinary and shelter care from the HSMO.