The "Humane Society Animal Cruelty Task Force" rescues 26 dogs from what they say are horrible living conditions. Twenty adult dogs and six puppies were being kept in a boarded-up home in Seneca, Missouri. Two people lived in the home. The task force was called in by the Seneca Police who requested the animals be removed from the residence. The "Humane Society" reports the dogs were living in up to six inches of waste, infested with fleas, and many were found suffering from skin infections.
August 8, 2017
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Humane Society of Missouri Animal Cruelty Task Force Rescues
26 dogs from Filthy Hoarding Situation in Newton County, Mo.
Small to medium mixed breed dogs found in deplorable conditions in boarded-up house
Yesterday the Humane Society of Missouri Animal Cruelty Task Force (ACT) rescued 26 dogs (20 adults and 6 puppies) from filthy, unsafe living conditions in a boarded-up home in Seneca, Mo. in Newton County in southwest Missouri. The dogs are small to medium breeds, ranging in age from 1-month-old puppies to mature, adult dogs.
The Seneca Police Department had been working with the owner to reduce the number of dogs in the residence. Concern for the remaining dogs led them to request assistance from the Humane Society of Missouri to investigate and possibly remove the animals. Investigators found the animals living in trash-filled, urine-soaked rooms covered with up to 6-inch deep feces. Many of the dogs have overgrown toenails, are infested with fleas and are suffering from skin infections. The owner has agreed to voluntarily surrender the dogs to the Humane Society of Missouri.
"It is a travesty to keep animals in these horrific conditions," said Kathy Warnick, president of the Humane Society of Missouri. "Our first priority is for their safety, health and well-being. Our expert veterinary and shelter staff will do everything we can to rehabilitate them and find them the loving homes they deserve."
Late yesterday, the dogs arrived at Humane Society of Missouri headquarters in St. Louis. This morning, each dog will be examined by the Humane Society of Missouri's shelter veterinary team, cared for by shelter staff and made available for adoption as soon as possible.
To aid in their socialization and recovery, the Humane Society of Missouri is requesting donations of chew toys for smaller dogs and gently-used, clean, stuffed cuddle toys. Donations of long-cut shredded paper, newspapers, towels, blankets and sheets also are appreciated. Donations may be dropped off at the Humane Society of Missouri's Macklind Ave. Adoption Center, 1201 Macklind Ave., St. Louis, Mo. 63110. Monetary donations to provide for the dogs' care may be made at www.hsmo.org or by calling 314-951-1542.
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