ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The Humane Society of Missouri and the Stone County Sheriff's Department have rescued 55 dogs from what they call deplorable living conditions at a property near Hurley, Mo.
The animals included 40 Dachshunds, several Boston terriers and other dogs. Also, 12 dead adult dogs and newborn puppies were found discarded behind the home.
Authorities say five dogs were found in stacked wire crates in the kitchen. Others were outside, covered in mud, in dirt-bottom pens. Most reportedly had no access to food.
The owner had applied for a breeder's license from the state Department of Agriculture, which worked with the applicant for months toward meeting licensing requirements. When conditions did not improve, the state contacted the Humane Society.
The rescued dogs were taken to the Humane Society headquarters in St. Louis. The group will seek permanent custody of the animals at a March 31 hearing in Galena.
No charges have been filed against the owner.
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