(KMOV)—The Humane Society of Missouri rescued 36 Yorkshire Terriers and Maltese from an unlicensed breeding facility near Ozark, MO on Wednesday.
The dogs, 32 adults and 4 puppies, were living in the basement of the owner’s home, crates stacked on top of each other. Many of the dogs and puppies were living in their own waste. The dogs appeared to be thin with coats matted with waste.
The Humane Society says the only available water and food for the dogs were contaminated with feces.
The owner agreed to voluntarily surrender the animals to the Missouri Department of Agriculture, which immediately transferred permanent custody to the Humane Society of Missouri for veterinary treatment and sheltering.
The rescued animals will arrive Thursday afternoon at the Humane Society of Missouri’s Headquarters on Macklind Avenue in St. Louis, Mo. As they become healthy over the next several weeks, as many of the dogs as possible will be made available for adoption.
Interested adopters are asked to visit often the Humane Society of Missouri website www.hsmo.org to see all adoptable dogs.
To report animal abuse call 314-647-4400. Donations can be made by calling 314-951-1542