The Humane Society of Missouri Animal Cruelty Task Force spent yesterday near Butler, MO where they rescued 50 dogs and cats, plus one mourning dove from an animal hoarder in Bates County. This individual had more than 20 animals in their home and others at nearby properties.
As some of you may realize, we're having a wicked winter in Missouri with unusually cold spells, ice, freezing rain and snow. Some of the rescued dogs had been left outside in wire cages and pens with little protection. No food was observed and the only water available was frozen.
Inside the houses the rescue team found piles of trash, urine-soaked floors, and feces. The smell was so strong it could be detected from outside.
The animals are now in the care of the Humane Society of Missouri and will eventually be available for adoption.