While it's heart-breaking for dog lovers like me to see dogs that have not been cared for (malnourishment, dehydration, ear infections, skin conditions) it's good to know the 55 dogs (40 of them Dachshunds) rescued from a Southwest Missouri home Monday, apparently WILL be okay and will get to be adopted by people who can give them a good home.
I was surprised and encouraged to see how social some of these dogs were as I put my fingers through the bars of their cages and stroked a couple on the head. They wagged and put their thin bodies right up to the bars wanting to be pet as long as I was willing to pet them. The adoption centers director says they will make great companion animals soon.
After a hearing on Wednesday, March 31st, the expectation is custody will be awarded to the Humane Society of Missouri. Then once the dogs are healthy enough they should be able to be adopted out early next month.
For the latest updates on the pups and how you can help the Humane Society of Missouri continue its mission, click on www.hsmo.org.
Mark Schnyder is a reporter at KMOV-TV. He can be reached at MSchnyder@kmov.com.