Nine dogs died before help arrived to a home in Benton County, Missouri. According to KMBC News, 31 dogs, who had been living in squalor, were rescued by the Animal Cruelty Task Force with the Humane Society of Missouri on Thursday.
According to a press release from the shelter, the deceased dogs appeared to have been partially eaten by other hungry dogs inside of the home. The shelter described the breeds rescued, and the various maladies they are suffering from:
Thirty of the dogs are Shih Tzu/Maltese-type mixes, ranging in age from 6 month old puppies to 12-15 year old dogs. One dog is a Labrador Retriever mix. The long-haired dogs are horribly matted with skin, ear and eye infections and internal and external parasites. Several are extremely thin and several are missing eyes. All of the dogs were living in a home with floors covered in feces and urine.
Kathy Warnick, president of the Humane Society of Missouri stated:
Obviously, these poor dogs have been suffering for a long time. Our first priority is for their safety, health and well-being. Our expert staff will do everything we can to rehabilitate them and find them the loving homes they deserve. In addition, our ACT will continue to investigate and develop evidence in this case toward recommending prosecution to the fullest extent of the law to the Benton County Sheriff’s Department and Prosecutor’s Office.”
The man who owned the dogs acknowledged that he was not able to provide proper care and he surrendered custody. The dogs are being examined by veterinarians and they will be treated for their ailments – as soon as possible, the dogs will be made available for adoption.
To aid in their socialization and recovery, the Humane Society of Missouri is requesting donations of toys for small dogs and gently-used, clean, stuffed cuddle toys. Donations of newspapers, towels, blankets and sheets also are appreciated. Donations may be dropped off at the Humane Society of Missouri’s Macklind Ave. Adoption Center, 1201 Macklind Ave., St. Louis, Mo. 63110.