Friday, November 2, 2012

Chihuahuas Shih Tzu Dogs Rescued in Missouri

Animals living in filth at an unlicensed Johnson County, Missouri, breeding facility had an early trick or treat.

On October 30, 2012, the Humane Society of Missouri Animal Cruelty Task Force worked in cooperation with the Johnson County Sheriff's Office and the Missouri Department of Agriculture to rescue 45 Chihuahua, Chihuahua mix and Shih Tzu dogs and one rabbit from an unlicensed breeding facility near Warrensburg.

The dogs, 44 adults and three 2-3 week old puppies, were found living inside a residence in extremely unsanitary conditions.  Many were housed in stacked, wire crates with two to three animals per crate, living in piles of their own waste. 

No food or water was available to most of the dogs.  Several of the dogs are underweight, many are infested with parasites, have eye infections and are encrusted with feces on paws and legs.  The rabbit had inadequate shelter and no food or water.

On October 30, the Johnson County Sheriff's Office served a warrant to inspect, care for or impound neglected or abused animals found on the property.  The dogs and rabbit were removed at the recommendation of a veterinarian for the Missouri Department of Agriculture. 

The rescued dogs and rabbit were transported to the Humane Society of Missouri Headquarters in St. Louis, Missouri.  

A hearing is scheduled for Friday, November 16 in Warrensburg, MO to determine custody of the animals.  If custody is awarded to the Humane Society of Missouri, as many of the animals as possible will be made available for adoption.  The Humane Society of Missouri will be recommending animal abuse charges in this case.


  1. I'm so glad they were rescued, but it's sad that yet again a rescue was needed.

  2. The crackdown here in MO on licensed commercial dog breeder standards is a double edged sword. Unfortunately, I think the numbers of UNlicensed breeders is increasing...


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