On January 17, 2012, Working in cooperation with the Missouri Department of Agriculture (MDA) and the Stone County Sheriff's Office, the Humane Society of Missouri Animal Cruelty Task Force rescued 44 dogs and 1 cat from an unlicensed breeder in Stone County, Missouri. The dogs included Pugs, Shi Tzus, Chihuahua, Pit Bull mixes and other small dog breed adults and puppies.
According to HSMO, Many of these animals were kept inside a trailer, where the carpet and flooring was soaked through with urine and feces. Nursing mothers and their puppies were covered in their own waste. Some dogs were tethered outside and left to suffer in freezing temperatures.
HSMO staff provided each animal with a thorough veterinary exam and cleaning. Some of these dogs are suffering from hair loss, dental disease, skin conditions, and untreated injuries. Several of them are malnourished and most will require spay or neuter surgery.
Most of these dogs will need many weeks of treatment before they are healthy and can be made available for adoption. Updates will be available on the HSMO website at www.hsmo.org