The Humane Society of Missouri Animal Cruelty Task Force is rescuing 13 dogs and 3 cats with no one to care for them on a property outside Wright City in Warren County, Mo. In the current extremely dangerous weather, the dogs and cats, of various breeds and ages, had no access to heated shelter, water or food, except that provided recently by the Humane Society of Missouri.
Early this week, the Warren County Sheriff’s Office received a call to check on the well-being of the owner of the property. Officers found the owner deceased and the animals living outside and in various unheated enclosures. A warrant was obtained to remove the animals and the assistance of HSMO’s Animal Cruelty Task Force was requested to rescue and care for them. A disposition hearing to determine permanent custody of the dogs and cats will be held February 24 in Warrenton, Mo.
If custody is awarded to the Humane Society of Missouri, as many of the animals as possible will be made available for adoption.
About the Humane Society of Missouri Animal Cruelty Task Force
The Humane Society of Missouri Animal Cruelty Task Force (ACT) is one of the largest animal rescue/disaster response teams in the United States. For more than 40 years, HSMO’s ACT has worked side by side with state, local and city law enforcement officials to investigate and help prosecute animal abusers.
Annually, HSMO’s 15 field-tested, professional animal cruelty investigators and staff:
- aid nearly 25,000 animals
- make 18,000 responses to reports of abuse/neglect
- travel more than 311,000 miles
HSMO’s animal cruelty investigators understand the nuances of animal abuse law and the criminal justice process for documenting and filing evidence and work directly with sheriff’s offices, police departments and prosecuting attorneys to help ensure animal cases are handled in an expedient and professional manner. Humane Society of Missouri investigators also provide expert testimony in legal cases and before legislative bodies and provide consultation and training workshops for law enforcement, state agencies and local animal care and control workers.
Together, they work to hold people accountable for the abuse and neglect of animals in the St. Louis Metropolitan region and all of Missouri.