ST. FRANCOIS COUNTY, Mo. (KMOV.com) -- In a release Friday, the Human Society of Missouri Animal Cruelty Task Force and Missouri Department of Agriculture (MDA) announced the rescue of 158 animals, including 82 pure breed dogs, from a licensed dog breeding facility in St. Francois County Friday.
Rabbits, guinea pigs, chinchillas and multiple species of birds were rescued from the facility.
The breeder, who has decided to go out of business, contacted the MDA, which contacted the Humane Society of Missouri to transport, shelter and adopt the rescued animals.
Along with the animals rescued Friday, the owner of the dog breeding facility indicated that they would transfer ownership of six additional farm animals to the Human Society's Longmeadow Rescue Ranch.
Each of the rescued animals will receive treatment and recommended vaccinations before the Humane Society will make them available for adoption or send them to experienced foster homes for special care.