JOHNSON COUNTY, MO (KTVI)-On Tuesday, the Humane Society of Missouri’s Animal Cruelty Task Force rescued 45 Chihuahuas and Shih Tzus and one rabbit from unlicensed breeder in rural Johnson County, MO. The animals were living in flighty conditions without food, water, or adequate veterinary care
The dogs, 42 adults and three 2-3 week old puppies, were found housed in stacked, wire crates with two to three animals per crate, living in piles of their own waste. No food or water was available to most of the dogs. Several of the dogs are underweight, many are infested with parasites, have eye infections and are encrusted with feces on paws and legs. The rabbit had inadequate shelter and no food or water.
The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office served a warrant Tuesday morning to inspect, care for or impound neglected or abused animals found on the property. The rescued dogs and rabbit are being transported to the Humane Society of Missouri’s Headquarters on Macklind Avenue in St. Louis.
A disposition hearing is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 16 to determine custody of the animals. If custody is awarded to the Humane Society, healthy animals will be made available for adoption.
The Humane Society of Missouri plans to pursue animal abuse charges in this case. The rescue was done in cooperation with the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office and the Missouri Department of Agriculture.