Humane Society of Missouri rescuing 60 animals from dilapidated property in Saline County, Mo.
Owner overwhelmed with 49 dogs, 5 potbellied pigs, 3 miniature horses, 2 horses, and 1 goat
Today the Humane Society of Missouri Animal Cruelty Task Force is rescuing 60 animals from a private property outside of Marshall, Mo. in Saline County. The animals -- 49 dogs, 5 potbellied pigs, 3 miniature horses, 2 horses, and 1 goat – were living outdoors in dilapidated, trash-strewn, pens and enclosures.
At the request of the Saline County Sheriff’s Office, in early November an HSMO animal cruelty investigator visited the property and began advising the owner about proper shelter and care for his animals. HSMO also provided dog food to help keep the dogs healthy. Ultimately, the owner realized he was overwhelmed caring for so many animals and agreed to surrender them to the Humane Society of Missouri.
The dogs range in age from puppies to adults and consist of several different breeds. Each animal will receive a veterinary examination, necessary vaccinations and treatment. The dogs will receive spay/neuter surgery and a microchip. The animals will be made available for adoption as soon as possible. The dogs will be brought to the Humane Society of Missouri headquarters in St. Louis, Mo. The pigs, horses and goat will be taken to HSMO’s Longmeadow Rescue Ranch outside Union, Mo.
“We do everything we can to assist animal owners to be able to keep their animals. However, when the situation becomes overwhelming and a threat to the animals’ wellbeing, we are glad we have the facilities and expert veterinary and shelter staff to care for, rehabilitate and find the animals the forever homes they need,” said Kathy Warnick, president of the Humane Society of Missouri.
Donations of towels, blankets, newspaper and dog toys may be dropped off at Humane Society headquarters, 1201 Macklind Avenue in St. Louis. Make a secure online donation now, or call 314-951-1542.