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90 dogs, 6 cats rescued from Ripley County hoarder

Monday, August 29, 2011

Working in cooperation with the Ripley County Sheriff's Department, the Humane Society of Missouri Animal Cruelty Task Force rescued 90 dogs from a hoarding situation near Doniphan, according to a press release by the humane society.

No arrests were made.

Most of the dogs are medium size, mixed breeds ranging in age from very old to a litter of one-week-old puppies. Because of the severity of mange and hair loss, rescuers could not immediately identify the breeds of the dogs.

Photos by Humane Society of Missouri
The dogs were found in outside pens, a barn and an abandoned house trailer. Many are extremely thin, with severe hair loss and are suffering from skin infections, eye injuries, and internal and external parasites. Rescuers believe little to no veterinary care has been provided to the animals. Several decomposing dog carcasses and scattered dog remains also were found on the property, according to the release.

Because the dogs were in distress and immediate jeopardy, on Aug. 24 the Ripley County Sheriff obtained a warrant to remove the animals. An independent veterinarian determined all of the animals should be removed.

The rescued animals will be brought to the Humane Society of Missouri's Headquarters in St. Louis. A disposition hearing to determine permanent custody of the dogs will be held Sept. 7 in Doniphan. If custody is awarded to the Humane Society of Missouri, and as soon as they are healthy, as many of the dogs as possible will be made available for adoption.

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Such a sad, sad story. This past week, someone dumped off 3 half grown pups on my road. People really need to spay and neuter their animals, and not make others responsible for their bad choices. Without appropriate animal control in this area, a lot of animals are abandoned or uncared for. The only positive for the animals in your article is that they were confiscated and perhaps they can get the medical attention they need, and GOOD adoptive homes. Be sure to write up a follow up so we know the outcome, and if donations will be accepted for help to pay for food for them.

-- Posted by goatgirl on Wed, Aug 31, 2011, at 12:42 AM

poor animals. that is pitiful and it is cruel. the owner needs to go to jail. good job, Humane Society and Sheriff's Dept. for going in and doing what had to be done....i'm sure it wasn't prettyl

-- Posted by conventional1 on Wed, Aug 31, 2011, at 4:19 PM

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