HSMO Rescues 9 Starving Dogs in Farmington

Acting on a tip from a concerned citizen, the Humane Society of Missouri’s Animal Cruelty Task Force (ACT) conducted a rescue of nine dogs from a property in Farmington, Missouri on Nov. 10, 2022. The animals were severely emaciated and suffering from skin issues. The rescue was coordinated in conjunction with local law enforcement.

Upon receiving the initial tip, which included photos of some of the animals, HSMO sent an investigator to the property to confirm the claims. Upon confirmation, HSMO worked quickly with local law enforcement to secure a warrant and remove the animals. Upon arrival, HSMO’s ACT team found the dogs drastically underweight, infested with fleas and ticks, and suffering from open sores.

“The news and images from our task force team in Farmington are horrific and heart-breaking,” said HSMO President Kathy Warnick. “The conditions at this property amount to one of the worst cases of animal neglect we’ve seen this year. The caring citizen who alerted us undoubtedly saved the lives of these innocent dogs and gave them a second chance. We’ll do everything in our power to ensure these sweet animals receive the care they need to fully recover and find loving forever homes.”

The rescued animals include seven adult German Shepherds and two adult Bloodhounds. A court hearing to secure custody of the animals is scheduled for Dec. 1. In the meantime, the dogs will receive compassionate, state-of-the-art veterinary care. To support the care of these poor animals, financial donations can be made at hsmo.org/Farmington.

To report an animal that may be in danger or is suffering from neglect or abuse, call the local police and the Humane Society of Missouri’s Animal Cruelty Hotline at 314-647-4400.