After a call from the Carter County Sheriff's Office on Monday, the Humane Society of Missouri Animal Cruelty Task Force, rescued 39 chihuahuas and other small breed puppies and dogs from being dumped along the side of a highway reported the organization's news release.
When investigators arrived at the property, the owner of the dogs had stuffed all of the puppies into one crate and planned to load them on a truck and drop them off along the side of the highway.
There three newborn and four 6-week-old puppies were among the dogs in the single crate. Many of the dogs suffered hair loss, severe matting, internal and external parasites and overgrown nails. All of the dogs were voluntarily surrendered, and authorities will continue their investigation as to any other animals remaining on the property and criminal charges.
And as if that wasn't enough, on Friday, ten critically ill basset hound puppies were rescued from a Missouri puppy mill in Douglas County. The ten-week-old puppies suffered from pneumonia, parasites, and eye and ear infections. The dogs were all very thin and emaciated. Two of the puppies remain in intensive care.
The dogs were removed after the Missouri Department of Agriculture and the United States Department of Agriculture inspectors, along with participating veterinarians, found the puppies struggling to survive. Out of a litter of 13 puppies, three had already perished prior to government officials intervening.
The Humane Society of Missouri is requesting donations of toys for small dogs, bed sheets and towels to help care for these rescued dogs. Donations may be brought to the Humane Society of Missouri’s St. Louis City Adoption Center, 1201 Macklind Ave., St. Louis, Mo. 63110.
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