Working in cooperation with the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office and the Missouri Department of Agriculture, today the Humane Society of Missouri Animal Cruelty Task Force is rescuing 45 Chihuahua, Chihuahua-mix and Shih Tzu dogs and one rabbit from an unlicensed breeding facility in rural southwest Johnson County, MO.
The dogs, 42 adults and three 2-3 week old puppies, were found living inside a residence in extremely unsanitary conditions. Many were housed in stacked, wire crates with two to three animals per crate, living in piles of their own waste. No food or water was available to most of the dogs. Several of the dogs are underweight, many are infested with parasites, have eye infections and are encrusted with feces on paws and legs. The rabbit had inadequate shelter and no food or water.
The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office served a warrant this morning to inspect, care for or impound neglected or abused animals found on the property. The dogs and rabbit were removed at the recommendation of a veterinarian for the Missouri Department of Agriculture. The rescued dogs and rabbit are being transported to the Humane Society of Missouri’s Headquarters on Macklind Avenue in St. Louis, MO.
**Update: Custody of the rescued animals was awarded to the Humane Society of Missouri on Friday, November 16. Their recovery will take several weeks, and as many of the animals as possible will be made available for adoption. Please check www.hsmo.org/adopt for availability.