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Animal rescue facility becomes death trap:23 dead dogs were found at the Alton Animal Rescue

Thursday, March 5, 2009

This pen contained both live and dead dogs
OREGON COUNTY -- "Awful", is about the only word Elizabeth Wainwright with the Missouri Department of Agriculture Division of Animal Health could use to describe the scene she saw last week at the Alton Animal Rescue.

On Feb. 27, Wainwright and Oregon County Chief Deputy Eric King went to the Alton Animal Rescue located just off AA Highway on County Road 112. Ed Hamilton, 44, is the owner, operator of the Alton Animal Rescue.

"When I arrived, I saw a dead dog laying in a pen with several live dogs. When I started toward the house, I saw a dead dog under the front stairs and another dead dog in a pen near the front of the house. There was a live dog in the same pen. There was no answer at the front door," Wainright said.

Dog carcasses lay amidst this pile of trash at the Alton Animal Rescue.
Wainwright then walked to the back of the house and knocked on the back door. "There was a dead dog laying next to the stairs. There was another pen behind the house containing two visible dog carcasses. There was no answer at the back door either," she said.

As Wainwright walked around the side of the house, she saw approximately four dog carcasses. "Based on this information and the condition of the live dogs on the property, I requested a warrant be obtained to remove the animals from the property. I removed two dogs Feb. 27 that were in need of immediate veterinary attention. Both dogs were humanely euthanized," she said.

On Feb 28, Wainwright returned to the Hamilton property with Oregon County Sheriff George Underwood and Dr. Greg Langley from Langley Animal Clinic in Thayer, to execute a search warrant on the Hamilton property.

"A total of 23 live dogs, two live cats and 23 dead dogs were found on the property. The carcasses of the dead dogs were taken to the Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Lab at the University of Missouri to determine their cause of death," she said.

The live animals were taken to area veterinary care facilities where they are receiving necessary medical treatment.

"These animals died a horrible death. They were not being fed properly and some of them were starving. What is really bad is local people who knew they couldn't take care of their animals for whatever reasons, trusted this man to find a good home for them," Wainwright said.

Sheriff Underwood said Hamilton will be charged with animal abuse and neglect.

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From the first time I heard this Edd Hamiltons voice on the Radio I thought that he sounded like a screw ball; was I right?

-- Posted by The Badge collector on Sat, Mar 7, 2009, at 7:56 AM

The really sad part of this story is that it could've ended sooner and maybe better. The parts of the story that was left out are as follows. The Humane Society was called by at least 3 different individuals beginning in December. The police were called because the dogs were running wild into neighbor's yards. Some of the dogs were aggressive. The police said there was nothing they could do because there was no leash law. What finally got something done was some of the dogs got into a neighbor's chicken pen and killed chickens. This guy was getting paid to take the dogs from a shelter in West Plains and got several donations from businesses and individuals. He's nothing more than a scam artist.

-- Posted by thewholetruth on Thu, Mar 12, 2009, at 11:25 PM

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