Seven dogs, including a mother and four newborn puppies, were trapped inside an abandoned home. One finally escaped to signal for help.
On Wednesday, July 22, the Humane Society of Missouri (HSMO) Animal Cruelty Task Force (ACT) was contacted by the Newton County sheriff’s office in Southwest Missouri to aid in the rescue of seven dogs, including a mother and her four newborn puppies, from an abandoned property. Neighbors spotted a dog that escaped the home on the roof of the property and alerted local law enforcement. The Newton County property was uninhabited by a true occupant as the owner passed away eight months ago, though squatters had been staying on the property intermittently. It’s unclear at this time if the abandoned animals belonged to the deceased owner or to the squatters.
Upon receiving the call from the Newton County sheriff’s department, HSMO’s ACT team acted swiftly and safely by removing the dogs and taking them to the Best Buddy Pet Center in Maryland Heights, Mo., for treatment. The dogs were found in varying stages of malnourishment; the mother being particularly emaciated since just giving birth. The remains of one dog were also found on the property. It is HSMO’s hope that, following veterinary evaluations and successful treatment, the dogs will be rehabilitated and put up for adoption. Once these animals are available for adoption, they will be listed online at hsmo.org/adopt.
“Finding defenseless animals in these conditions is never easy, but we’re grateful to the Newton County sheriff’s office for their prompt action in ensuring the surviving dogs could be rescued,” said Kathy Warnick, president of the Humane Society of Missouri. “Our veterinarians are continuing to work diligently to rehabilitate these precious animals so they can make a full recovery and find a loving family.”
To report an animal who may be in danger or is suffering from neglect or abuse, call your local law enforcement agency and the Humane Society of Missouri Animal Cruelty Hotline at (314) 647-4400.