Friday, May 9, 2014

Over 150 Dogs Cats Horses Goats Rescued from Squalor in Missouri

More than 150 dogs, cats, horses and goats were rescued from squalid conditions in Morgan County, Missouri by the Humane Society of Missouri's Animal Cruelty Task Force on Tuesday, May 6, 2014.

Working with the Morgan County, MO, Sheriff's Office, the HSMO took these animals to safety after the owner of the property and a tenant voluntarily surrendered all of the animals to them.

Many of the cats were living in a filthy, trash-strewn trailer on the property and are suffering from upper respiratory disease, eye infections, severely matted coats and other maladies.

The dogs included mixed breeds, terriers, Akitas, Labrador Retrievers and Beagles which are thin and suffering from parasites.  Included in the group are 2 two week old puppies and 2 eight week old puppies.

The horses range in age from new foals and pregnant mares to adult horses and ponies.  They are also underweight and suffering from parasites.  One dead foal was found in a barrel on the property.

The Morgan County Sheriff's Office stated they will pursue animal abuse charges in this case.

The dogs and cats have been taken to HSMO Headquarters in St Louis for evaluation and treatment.  The horses and goats have been taken to HSMO's Longmeadow Rescue Ranch in Union for evaluation and treatment.

HSMO cautions that due to their poor condition, it may be several weeks before many of these animals will be available for adoption.

* Information provided by the Humane Society of Missouri.


  1. Oh my goodness! That is so horrible!!
    Thank you for bringing attention to this. I am so glad they have been rescued!
    BTW I should tell you, that when I go to your site on my tablet, it says this is known as a malicious website, and I shouldn't click it. Not sure why, and not sure if its an issue on my end or yours, but I had to let you know at any rate. Have a great weekend!
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  2. Sad so sad, glad they are in care now.

  3. How sad. Glad they will be getting treatment and hope they find homes for them.

  4. Oh, that is so sad, those poor, poor animals. At least they have gotten them out of there now, and I hope they can all recover.

  5. Poor sweet innocents..again the human race appals me and leaves me wanting for words..thankyou to the wonderful rescuers and hugs to them..i am sure they need them Fozziemum xxxx

  6. WHY? Is it a mental illness that caused hoarding or is it someone who tried to save animals and got in over their heads? Oh my, these poor animals. I am glad they are safe now.

  7. Wow. That is awful.
    There's a story similar to this in our local news today - ~40 dogs in one house, filthy conditions. Owner is a well-known breeder/dog show/flyball person. I don't know how people let it get to that. So horrible.

  8. I hope they recover and are able to be adopted.

  9. We have just adopted one of the cats rescued! He is timid. But that is to be expected. He is genital as can be, loves to be petted and loves to rub his head on your forehead. I hope he learns that he is safe here soon and comes out to play! As for now he hides in the cubby hole under the TV where the VCR should be. He is traumatized and that's for sure and I hope that his last owners do get charged!! Good Job Morgan County!


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