84 dogs, 17 cats rescued from ‘squalid conditions’ in western Mi - KCTV5 News

84 dogs, 17 cats rescued from ‘squalid conditions’ in western Missouri

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(Credit: The Humane Society of Missouri) (Credit: The Humane Society of Missouri)
(Credit: The Humane Society of Missouri) (Credit: The Humane Society of Missouri)
(Credit: The Humane Society of Missouri) (Credit: The Humane Society of Missouri)

Late on Wednesday, 84 dogs and 17 cats were rescued from a filthy and dangerous hoarding situation in western Missouri.

The Humane Society of Missouri’s Animal Cruelty Task Force saved the 101 animals from a property in Bates County.

The dogs ranged in age from puppies, who were still nursing, to adult dogs. All the cats were adults.

“These animals were forced to live in truly squalid conditions,” said Debbie Hill, Humane Society of Missouri’s the Vice President of Operations. “The worst I have encountered in more than 40 years of rescuing animals from abuse and neglect.”

The majority of the animals were living in “a waste-filled, trash-strewn, dilapidated small house,” according to the Bates County Sheriff’s Office.

Many were in crates that were so filled with excrement-soaked newspapers that they had no room to stand. Additionally, the crates were on top of each other and some were outdoors.

Some crates with enough room for just one dog had two or three inside.

The dogs are small, medium, and large breeds. The cats are all mixed breeds.

There was no running water on the property and most of the animals didn’t have access to water, either.

A concerned citizen had called The Humane Society and the sheriff’s office about the conditions the animals were living in.

Both agencies visited the property but were only allowed to see a few animals instead of the entire area where the animals were living.

Recommendations on how to properly care for the animals were given, but when conditions didn’t improve, the sheriff’s office got a warrant to inspect the property and remove the animals if necessary.

The sheriff’s office asked The Humane Society to help remove the animals and they were transported on Thursday night.

A veterinary triage was held at The Humane Society’s state headquarters in St. Louis on Thursday morning.

In 2011, The Humane Society rescued more than 50 dogs from the same property under a warrant obtained by sheriff’s office.

“As is typical in hoarding situations, persons allowed to continue to own animals often continue to collect them,” said Kathy Warnick, President of The Humane Society of Missouri. “We will provide an extensive report of our findings to the Bates County Prosecutor and recommend prosecution to the fullest extent of the law. The only way to protect animals from these horrific, dangerous conditions in the future is to prevent this person from possessing additional animals.”

A hearing to determine permanent custody of the animals will be held on Jan. 2.

The Humane Society of Missouri is asking for donations of pet toys, long-cut shredded paper, newspapers, towels, blankets, and sheets. If you live in the area, donations can be dropped off at their location at 1201 Macklind Ave. in St. Louis.

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