Benton County Resident Voluntarily Surrenders 36 Dogs and Two Cats to HSMO
Animals received were severely underweight, fur matted with urine and feces
In mid-September, the Humane Society of Missouri’s Animal Cruelty Task Force, working in cooperation with the Benton County Sheriff’s Office, received 36 dogs and two cats through a voluntary surrender. Once surrendered, the Animal Cruelty Task Force transported the animals to the Humane Society of Missouri’s (HSMO) headquarters for veterinary treatment and rehabilitation.
When the animals were evaluated by the HSMO veterinary staff, many were found severely underweight, fur matted with urine and feces, many of them testing positive for internal and external parasites as well as varying degrees of eye and ear infections. Due to the poor health of the animals, it may take many weeks for them to fully recover and be available for adoption.
The Humane Society of Missouri and its dedicated staff will continue to care for these animals until they are ready to find forever homes. In addition, the Animal Cruelty Task Force division of the Humane Society of Missouri is working in full cooperation with authorities to provide detailed accounts and forensic evidence to aid in the investigation and prosecution of this case.