Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Puppy Mills: Over 30 Dogs Rescued in Christian County MO

36 dogs have been rescued from an unlicensed dog breeder in Christian County, MO.  Dogs were found all housed in stacked crates in a filthy basement.

Acting on information from a local animal control facility and working in cooperation with the Missouri Department of Agriculture (MDA), on October 13 the Humane Society of Missouri Animal Cruelty Task Force rescued 36 Yorkshire Terrier and Maltese, 32 adults and 4 puppies, from an unlicensed breeding facility near Ozark, Mo. in Christian County.

The dogs were living in deplorable conditions in the basement of the owner’s home. The dogs’ crates were stacked on top of each other with many of the dogs and puppies living in their own waste.  The concrete floor was wet with urine. The dogs appeared to be thin with coats matted with feces and urine. The only available water and food for the animals was contaminated with feces.

The owner agreed to voluntarily surrender the animals to the Missouri Department of Agriculture, which immediately transferred permanent custody to the Humane Society of Missouri for veterinary treatment and sheltering.

The rescued animals will arrive tomorrow at the Humane Society of Missouri's Headquarters on Macklind Ave in St Louis.  As they become healthy over the next several weeks, as many of the dogs as possible will be made available for adoption.  Interested adopters are asked to visit the Humane Society of Missouri web site to see all adoptable dogs.

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