Hoarding Situation in Newton County




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March 31, 2016

Hoarding Situation in Newton County

Humane Society of Missouri Animal Cruelty Task Force rescues 28 dogs from filthy, hoarding situation on Newton County property

Today, the Humane Society of Missouri Animal Cruelty Task Force (ACT), is rescuing 28 dogs from horrendous, filthy conditions on a property near the Newton and Lawrence counties border in southwest Missouri. The dogs appear to be small to medium size, mixed-breeds. Because of their hair loss and filthy conditions, it is difficult to determine their exact breeds. The dogs have been living on a waste-filled, trash-and debris-strewn property and in an abandoned, dilapidated house trailer. Most of the dogs have severe hair loss and are exhibiting constant scratching due to an intense burning, itchy skin irritation. They also have external and internal parasites and other veterinary problems such as eye, ear and respiratory infections. ACT Investigators believe the animals have had little to no veterinary care.

HSMO’s Animal Cruelty Task Force learned of this situation through a report from a concerned citizen. Following discussion with the Humane Society of Missouri, the owner agreed to voluntarily surrender these dogs to the Humane Society of Missouri. The Humane Society of Missouri Animal Cruelty Task Force will recommend to the Newton County Prosecutor that animal abuse charges be filed against the animals’ owner.

“It is heartbreaking to see animals suffering from obviously long-term neglect,” said Kathy Warnick, president of the Humane Society of Missouri. “Our experience tells us that, unfortunately, people in this situation will continue to acquire and become unable to care for animals until they are prevented from having more animals. Therefore, we will present the results of our investigation in this case and recommend prosecution to Newton County officials.”

The dogs will be taken to Humane Society of Missouri headquarters in St. Louis, Mo. where they will be examined by HSMO veterinarians and immediately begin receiving treatment to relieve their suffering from the extreme itching. Because the treatment for this skin condition can take several months, these dogs will not be immediately available for adoption.

To aid in their socialization and recovery, the Humane Society of Missouri also is requesting donations of string cheese; cooked, frozen chicken strips and interactive canine toys such as Kongs, Busy Bones and gently-used, clean, stuffed cuddle toys. Donations may be dropped off at the Humane Society of Missouri’s Macklind Ave. Adoption Center, 1201 Macklind Ave., St. Louis, Mo. 63110. Monetary donations to provide for the dogs’ care may be made by calling 314-951-1542 or, make a secure online donation now »