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.
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.