Working in cooperation with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, the Humane Society of Missouri Animal Cruelty Task Force today is rescuing over 250 animals from a property near St. Clair, Missouri. The animals include: 192 domestic rabbits, 25 goats, 10 cats, 21 chickens, four dogs, one duck. All of the animals were living in filthy conditions. The rabbits were housed in raised wire-bottom cages with feces piled in the cages as well as more than a foot under the cages. Many of the cages were encrusted with dirt and hair and have little to no shelter from the weather. Most cages held multiple rabbits, as many as 10 rabbits were crammed in each of several cages. Water for many of the animals was frozen, dirty and contaminated with feces. The goats appear to be suffering from an upper respiratory illness. The cats and other animals which were inside a home on the property also were living in extremely filthy conditions. The animals have received little to no veterinary care.
Alerted by a concerned citizen about a possibly neglectful situation, the Humane Society of Missouri’s Animal Cruelty Task Force contacted the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office which conducted an investigation resulting in the Sheriff’s Office serving a warrant to remove the animals today.
The rescued rabbits, dogs, and cats will be taken to the Humane Society of Missouri’s Headquarters shelter in St. Louis City for triage and care. The goats, chickens, and duck will be taken to the Humane Society of Missouri’s Longmeadow Rescue Ranch in Union, Mo. The animals will remain in the custody of the Humane Society of Missouri until the disposition hearing scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4 at the Franklin County Court House in Union, Mo.
If custody of the animals is awarded to the Humane Society of Missouri, as many of them as possible will be made available for adoption.