Working in cooperation with the Stone County Sheriff’s Office, today the Humane Society of Missouri Animal Cruelty Task Force is rescuing 10 horses, 15 dogs, five cats, a chicken and a duck from a property west of Galena, Mo. in Stone County. Humane Society Animal Cruelty Investigators and Stone County Sheriff’s Department detectives have been working for several months with the owner of the animals to encourage proper care for the animals. With little to no improvement made in the care of the animals, the sheriff’s office determined that a warrant should be obtained to inspect the property with the possibility of removing animals at risk.
At least seven of the horses are severely underweight and have had little access to food, fresh water, adequate pasture or veterinary care. The cats appear thin and many of the dogs are tethered outside with little to no access to adequate food or clean water. Two recently deceased horses and a recently deceased dog also were found on the property. The live animals were removed at the recommendation of a veterinarian for the Missouri Department of Agriculture.
The rescued horses, duck and chicken are being transported to the Humane Society of Missouri’s Longmeadow Rescue Ranch in Union, Mo. The rescued dogs and cats will arrive Tuesday evening at the Humane Society of Missouri’s Headquarters on Macklind Avenue in St. Louis, Mo.
A disposition hearing to determine custody of the animals is scheduled for later this month in Galena, Mo. 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.