May 11, 2017 (STL.News) It seems the Humane Society of Missouri can’t catch a breather.
Just after being deployed to flood ravaged areas of Missouri, the Humane Society’s Animal Cruelty Task Force (ACT) was called to south central Missouri for another rescue. On Thursday, 55 dogs had to be rescued from an animal hoarding situation in Howell County, according to HSMO officials.
The ACT reports that the animals were found living in two homes on the property, in crowed and filthy conditions. Investigators say “both homes were trash-strewn and dirty, with floors and furniture soaked with urine.”
“Keeping this many dogs in these horrible conditions is unconscionable,” 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.”
Many of the dogs have extremely overgrown toenails and eye and skin infections.
The Howell County Sheriff’s Office received a call about the situation from a concerned citizen. The Sheriff then contacted HSMO’s ACT to assist with the animal rescue. The dogs’ owners have agreed to surrender custody to the Humane Society of Missouri.
The majority of the dogs are Chihuahua- and Terrier-mixes. They range in age from one-month-old puppies to mature, adult dogs.
The dogs were transported to the Humane Society’s St. Louis facility, where they are being evaluated and treated by the HSMO’s veterinarian team and shelter staff. Once they are cleared medically and meet behavioral requirements, the animals will be available for adoption.
- In the meantime, HSMO is asking for the following donation items:
Toys for small dogs and gently-used, clean, stuffed cuddle toys
- Long-cut shredded paper
- Clean, dry newspaper
- Towels, blankets and sheets
Last week the HSMO’s Disaster Response Team responded to the flooded areas of Valley Park, Eureka, Arnold, and Pacific to rescue animals and provide shelter for pets of the flood victims.