Complaints from neighbors led deputies in Clay County, Missouri, to a disturbing find at property in Excelsior Springs. According to Saturday’s publication of Ozarks First, non-stop barking and crying from 23 German shepherds at the home, and on the property, prompted the concerned residents to reach out for desperately needed help.
Responding authorities discovered dogs locked away inside of cages which were housed inside of a long shed, a pump house, as well as inside of the main home at the property which is located off H Highway. The body of one dead dog was found amidst the nearly two dozen surviving dogs who were living in squalor.
The dogs belong to Diane Spurrier – a woman who had been cited in the past as a result of the excessive barking. Spurrier had been told to attend counseling and not have any dogs or horses, reported KCTV 5 News. Despite Spurrier’s mandate to not have dogs, she is listed as the co-owner of an online breeding operation under the name Iron Cross German Shepherds.
Rip Off Report has a complaint about Spurrier and the breeding operation – part of the buyer beware warning on the website reads, “they live in a community that only allows a certain number of dogs per household; and to they hide the dogs in small crates in their basement so that they are not caught over the limit.”
Missouri German Shepherd Rescue is helping the dogs rescued from the neglectful situation. Find the rescue agency on Facebook here.