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Humane Society of Missouri rescues 40 Chihuahuas in Carter County

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A telephone call from the Carter County Sheriff’s Department prompted a Monday afternoon investigation by the Humane Society of Missouri, at a Carter County property.

When the Humane Society of Missouri investigator arrived at the property, they found a pet owner loading 40 Chihuahuas and several other small dogs into crates. During the investigation the dog owner stated her intent was to load the dogs up and dump them along the highway. Amidst the group were three newborn pups and four 6-week-old puppies.

The dog owner voluntarily surrendered the dogs to the Humane Society who transferred the group to the Humane Society of Southeast Missouri in Cape Girardeau.

Tuesday, the dogs were transported to the Humane Society facility in St. Louis where they were to undergo evaluation by qualified veterinarians. Many of the dogs suffered from a variety of visible ailments such as matted hair, hair loss, overgrown nails, and fleas.

Humane Society of Missouri will continue to investigate the dog owner, along with the Carter County Sheriff’s Department, to evaluate the condition and well being of any animals that may remain on the Carter County property.

No charges have been filed against the dog owner at the time of this writing.

Humane Society of Missouri will likely make the dogs from this case available for adoption at a future date. For additional information or to inquire about possible adoptions of the Carter County dogs, see the Humane Society of Missouri's adoption page by clicking here.