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Missouri Humane Society seizes 28 dogs in SW Missouri

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The Humane Society of Missouri seizes 28 dogs from a property near the Newton County and Lawrence County border.  The Humane Society says the dogs are in such horrendous conditions, it's hard to determine their exact breeds.

Most of the dogs have severe hair loss and are scratching themselves because of intense skin irritations.  They are also suffering from external and internal parasites, and other veterinary problems such as eye, ear, and respiratory infections.

The property owner agreed to give up the dogs to the Humane Society.  The Humane Society is recommending criminal charges against the property owner.

Humane Society workers say they need donations of string cheese; cooked, frozen chicken strips and interactive canine toys.  Monetary donations can be made by calling 314-951-1542, or visiting www.hsmo.org.  

Full media release below

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Overnight tonight, the Humane Society of Missouri Animal Cruelty Task Force (ACT) is rescuing 28 dogs from horrendous, filthy conditions on a property near the border of Newton and Lawrence Counties in southwest Missouri. The dogs appear to be small to medium size, mixed-breeds.  Because of their hair loss and filthy conditions, it is difficult to determine their exact breeds. The dogs have been living on a waste-filled, trash-and debris-strewn property and in an abandoned, dilapidated house trailer. Most of the dogs have severe hair loss and are exhibiting constant scratching due to an intense burning, itchy skin irritation.  They also have external and internal parasites and other veterinary problems such as eye, ear and respiratory infections.  ACT Investigators believe the animals have had little to no veterinary care.

Humane Society of Missouri's Animal Cruelty Task Force learned of this situation through a report from a concerned citizen. Following discussion with the Humane Society of Missouri, the owner agreed to voluntarily surrender these dogs to the Humane Society of Missouri. The Humane Society of Missouri Animal Cruelty Task Force will recommend to the Newton County Prosecutor that animal abuse charges be filed against the animals' owner.

"It is heartbreaking to see animals suffering from obvious and extreme long-term neglect," said Kathy Warnick, president of the Humane Society of Missouri.  "Our experience tells us that, unfortunately, people in this situation will continue to acquire and become unable to care for animals until they are prevented from having more animals. Therefore, out of concern for these and future animals, we will present the results of our investigation in this case and recommend prosecution to Newton County officials."

The dogs will be taken to Humane Society of Missouri headquarters in St. Louis, Mo. where they will be examined by Humane Society of Missouri veterinarians and immediately begin receiving treatment to relieve their suffering from the extreme itching. Because the treatment for this skin condition can take several months, these dogs will not be immediately available for adoption.  

To aid in their socialization and recovery, the Humane Society of Missouri also is requesting donations of string cheese; cooked, frozen chicken strips and interactive canine toys such as Kongs, Busy Bones and gently-used, clean, stuffed cuddle toys.  Donations may be dropped off at the Humane Society of Missouri's Macklind Ave. Adoption Center, 1201 Macklind Ave., St. Louis, Mo. 63110.  Monetary donations to provide for the dogs' care may be made at www.hsmo.org or by calling 314-951-1542.

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