Yesterday the Missouri Humane Society teamed up with Animal Planet to rescue dogs which will air on Animal Planet's animal hoarding series in early 2011.
According to HSMO, the producers of Animal Planet's series Confessions: Animal Hoarding, the HSMO Animal Cruelty Task Force rescued 85 dogs from a property in Saline County, Missouri. During a taping of an episode of the show this past week, the owner of the dogs realized she could no longer properly care for them and agreed to voluntarily surrender them to the Humane Society of Missouri.
The breeds of the dogs include various hounds, Labrador Retriever, Dalmatian, Pit Bull Terrier, Rottweiler, Cocker Spaniel, Doberman, and English Setter.
Twenty-five of the dogs, including a litter of puppies, were living in the owner’s home; about 60 other dogs were living in dilapidated, dirt-bottom, open air pens on a separate near-by property. Several of the dogs are very old; others are skinny with ribs and hip bones showing, one dog has a leg injury, and most of the dogs appear to have fleas and possibly other internal and external parasites. In a preliminary visit this past weekend, a HSMO investigator found two of the dogs in need of immediate veterinary care, one of the dogs had been entangled in a fence, and the other dog had serious face, chest and leg injuries from a possible attack by other dogs.
The full story will air on Animal Planet’s series Confessions: Animal Hoarding. The series explores stories of people who own more pets than they can care for. The problem of animal hoarding is little understood, but far more common than most people realize. More than 3,000 cases are reported annually, and at least ten times that number that go unreported. The series brings families together to find humane solutions that work for both pets and people. If you know someone who might be an animal hoarder, you can learn more at the Animal Hoarding Project web site.
The dogs rescued yesterday were taken to the Humane Society of Missouri’s Headquarters in St. Louis City for triage, rehabilitation and eventual adoption for as many of them as possible.
Information about adoptable dogs from this rescue will be made available as soon as possible. Check adoptable pet listings on www.hsmo.org for more information. If you would like to help defer the cost of care for these animals, donations can be made to the Humane Society of Missouri Animal Cruelty Fund. Visit their web site to learn more.