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101 dogs, cats rescued from "horrific" hoarding house brought to St. Louis

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101 dogs and cats were rescued from Bates County, Missouri Dec. 20. (Credit: Humane Society of Missouri) 101 dogs and cats were rescued from Bates County, Missouri Dec. 20. (Credit: Humane Society of Missouri)
101 dogs and cats were rescued from Bates County, Missouri Dec. 20. (Credit: Humane Society of Missouri) 101 dogs and cats were rescued from Bates County, Missouri Dec. 20. (Credit: Humane Society of Missouri)
101 dogs and cats were rescued from Bates County, Missouri Dec. 20. (Credit: Humane Society of Missouri) 101 dogs and cats were rescued from Bates County, Missouri Dec. 20. (Credit: Humane Society of Missouri)
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

The Humane Society of Missouri (HSM) relocated 101 dogs and cats to St. Louis after being rescued from a "horrific" hoarding situation in Bates County, Missouri.

A press release from the HSM said the animals were found in a waste-filled house and living in filthy, overcrowded outdoor crates.

The animals were rescued late Wednesday night.

Vice President of Operations at the HSM Debbie Hill said the animals were forced to live in "truly squalid conditions."

"[This is] the worst I have encountered in more than 40 years of rescuing animals from abuse and neglect," Hill said.

In all, 84 dogs and 17 cats were rescued from the Bates County home. Most of the animal were living inside a waste-filled, small house. Many were in crates with so many layers of feces and urine that the animals had no room to stand.

The HSM said crates were stacked on top of each other, and many were outdoors with little to no protection from the weather. Some crates contained up to three dogs.

The HSM said the property does not have running water and most of the animals did not have access to water.

The dogs ranged in size and age, with some being nursing puppies. The cats are all adults.

The HSM said a concerned citizen contacted them and the police about the situation. Both agencies visited the property but were only allowed to see a few of the animals and were not given access to areas where the animals were living.

When conditions did not improve, the Bates County Sheriff's Office obtained a warrant to inspect the property and remove animals if necessary. Police requested the HSM's help in removing the animals.

A hearing to determine permanent custody of the animals will be held Jan. 2, 2018.

In 2011, the HSM rescued more than 50 dogs and cats from the same owner.

The HSM is asking for help with these animals' recovery. They are requesting donations of dog and cat toys, long-cut shredded paper, newspapers, towels, blankets and sheets. Donation may be dropped off at the Humane Society at 1201 Macklind Ave. in St. Louis. Monetary donations may be made at www.hsmo.org or by calling 314-951-1542.

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