(KMOV)--Authorities rescued 195 animals from an unsafe rescue facility in Bonne Terre on Tuesday.
The Humane Society of Missouri Animal Cruelty Task Force rescued 128 dogs and 67 cats from the St. Francois society. The animals were brought to the Humane Society of Missouri’s Headquarters on Macklind Avenue in St. Louis.
Authorities say the Missouri Department of Agriculture had inspected the facility last month and recorded numerous violations that jeopardized the health and welfare of the animals. The facility’s license was revoked when few changed were made, and the sheriff obtained a warrant for removal of the animals.
Experts say that many of the animals are suffering from hair loss and coughing. Dozens of cats were found inside trash-strewn rooms filled with cobwebs. Many of the animals appear to have upper respiratory infections and possibly internal and external parasites.
The breeds of the dogs include various mixes of Border Collies, Irish Wolfhounds, Corgis, Beagles, Shepherds, Labrador Retrievers, and Dachshunds and Chihuahuas.
A disposition hearing to determine permanent custody of the animals will be held April 11 in St. Francois County.