ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-- Puppies were popping up at the Humane Society of Missouri's Macklind headquarters Wednesday afternoon.
They came thanks to the Animal Cruelty Task Force after a rescue this morning of 18 dogs and three cats
"Puppies check to make sure that they're weight is okay, that they're nursing all right," says Dr. Mark Wright the Director of Social Medicine for the Humane Society. "These puppies Mom's been taking pretty good care of. They're all quite clean for puppies this age. All but one has been nursing really one. One a little dehydrated but it's the smallest puppy in the group."
The animals, a variety of breeds and ages arrived after the owner became ill and couldn't care for the canines and cats anymore.
"We were contacted by a caretaker for an individual who lives down in Washington County and he's facing some serious health problems and had a number of dogs on the property," says Mike Perkins the Director of the Animal Cruelty Task Force.
The animal cruelty task force makes 18,000 responses to reports of abuse or neglect annually, offering aid to almost 25,000 animals, .and second chances for mixed breeds like these.
"Given medical evaluation and behavioral evaluation and see if they're candidates for adoption," says animal cruelty Investigator Tim Poorman.
If you`re interested in helping these animals contact the Humane Society of Missouri`s adoption hotline at (314) 802-5712.