And some people say Missouri does not need the Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act as it was originally written.... right.
Humane Society of Missouri rescuers have been busy. Last week, at the request of the Missouri Department of Agriculture's request, they helped rescue dozens of Standard Collies and Bichon Frise dogs and puppies from a licensed dog breeder near Crane, MO in Stone County.
The dogs were livingt inside half of a double-wide trailer home on the property. The portion of the trailer where the dogs were housed contained many wire crates with dogs and puppies living in their own waste. Carpeting in the trailer was soaked with urine and feces.
Following a routine inspection on February 17, the Missouri Department of Agriculture revoked this breeder's license. Because dogs were in distress, they requested the Stone County Sheriff obtain a warrant for possible removal of the dogs. They then requested the assistance of the Humane Society of Missouri.
Seventy-four dogs and puppies were living in their own waste. Imagine a full grown Standard Collie living tightly crammed into a cold, filthy wire crate. Unable to stretch or drink clean water. It looks as though these canines haven't been seen by a veterinarian for a long time, if ever. Nearly all suffer from internal parasites and will require treatment before they can be placed for adoption.
These dogs and puppies are now in the care of the Humane Society of Missouri where they are receiving vet care for parasites, encrusted eyes, matted fur (from urine and feces) and other ailments.
Donations are requested to help pay for their care. If you would like to help, visit the Humane Society of Missouri's web site. The HSMO is also requesting donations of towels, blankets,and rubber toys. Items can be left 24/7 inside of the Receiving Entrance at the Macklind Ave location in St Louis, MO.
A disposition hearing to determine permanent custody of the dogs will be held February 28 in Galena, MO. If the HSMO receives custody of the dogs, they will eventually be available for adoption.
If you are interested in adopting one of these dogs, you may call 314-802-5712 or check the Humane Society of Missouri web site for announcements. Some of them may be available for adoption sometime in March, depending on how quickly they recuperate from their illnesses.