ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) – The Humane Society of Missouri Animal Cruelty Task Force and the Missouri Department of Agriculture rescued 158 dogs, rabbits, birds, and other animals in St. Francois County on Friday. Those animals are being brought to Humane Society’s St. Louis facilities.
According to the Humane Society, the rescue included 82 pure breed dogs from a licensed dog breeding facility along with 21 rabbits, eight parakeets, five guinea pigs, five Love Birds, four Cockatiels, two Green Cheek Conures, two Chinchillas and two to three dozen finches.
Most of the dogs are two years old or younger, including mothers and nursing babies, and are of several breeds, including Poodles, ShihTzus, Yorkshire Terriers, and more.
The breeder decided to go out of business and contacted the Department of Agriculture. They then asked the Humane Society of Missouri to help transport, shelter and adopt the pets.
The breeder has surrendered ownership of all of the non-farm animals to the Humane Society of Missouri. They will reportedly transfer ownership of six additional farm animals to Humane Society of Missouri’s Longmeadow Rescue Ranch next week.
All of the animals will be checked out by the HSMO’s veterinary team before being placed up for adoption. Puppies too young for adoption will be placed into experienced foster homes.
On the web: Humane Society of Missouri