Animal Cruelty Task Force Rescue... -

Animal Cruelty Task Force Rescue...

The following is how investigators for the Humane Society of Missouri Animal Cruelty Task Force describe their rescue of more than 100 dogs and 2 cats, from what they call an unlicensed, substandard puppy mill in Phelps County.

On a property near Rolla, Missouri about 2 hours southwest of St. Louis

Working in cooperation with the Phelps County Sheriffs Department and the Missouri Department of Agriculture, the Humane Society of Missouri Animal Cruelty Task Force is rescuing more than 100 dogs living in filthy conditions on the site of an unlicensed, substandard dog breeding facility outside Rolla, Missouri.

The Phelps County Sheriffs Department executed a warrant that was served to remove the animals today. The animals are believed to be mostly small breeds including Miniature Pinscher, Poodle, Chihuahua, Pomeranian and Yorkshire Terrier. The animals kennels were observed to be caked with feces and urine. A number of the dogs appeared in need of veterinary and grooming care.

The animals were housed in too few cages for their number and had limited access to solid footing as the cages had wire floors which can cause paw and leg problems.
Several puppies and a mother were in a filthy, dirt floor pen with the only water source an algae-lined bucket of mosquito-infested water. The rescued dogs will be taken to the Humane Societys Headquarters on Macklind Avenue in St. Louis for triage.

The animals will remain in the custody of the Humane Society of Missouri until the disposition hearing scheduled for October 8 in Phelps County.

If custody of the dogs is awarded to the Humane Society of Missouri, as many of the animals as possible will be made available for adoption.

Persons interested in adopting one of these dogs should visit the Humane Society of

Missouri website at to check availability and adoption location.

If you would like to Report Animal Abuse- Call : 314-647-4400

If you wold like to make Donations- Call : 314-951-1542

Animals will *not* be avialable for adoption until after the hearing on October 8, 2009.
For Information on Adoptions, go to :

Robin Smith

KMOV-TV Channel 4
Anchor- News 4 at Noon
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