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Case ID: 18485
Classification: Hoarding
Animal: cat, dog (non pit-bull)
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Wednesday, Aug 24, 2011

County: Ripley

Disposition: Alleged
Case Images: 5 files available

Alleged: Name Undisclosed

Working in cooperation with the Ripley County Sheriff's Department, the Humane Society of Missouri Animal Cruelty Task Force rescued 90 dogs from a hoarding situation near Doniphan, according to a press release by the humane society.

Ripley County animal rescue - PHOTOS

No arrests were made.

Most of the dogs are medium size, mixed breeds ranging in age from very old to a litter of one-week-old puppies. Because of the severity of mange and hair loss, rescuers could not immediately identify the breeds of the dogs.

The dogs were found in outside pens, a barn and an abandoned house trailer. Many are extremely thin, with severe hair loss and are suffering from skin infections, eye injuries, and internal and external parasites. Rescuers believe little to no veterinary care has been provided to the animals. Several decomposing dog carcasses and scattered dog remains also were found on the property, according to the release.

Because the dogs were in distress and immediate jeopardy, on Aug. 24 the Ripley County Sheriff obtained a warrant to remove the animals. An independent veterinarian determined all of the animals should be removed.

The rescued animals will be brought to the Humane Society of Missouri's Headquarters in St. Louis. A disposition hearing to determine permanent custody of the dogs will be held Sept. 7 in Doniphan. If custody is awarded to the Humane Society of Missouri, and as soon as they are healthy, as many of the dogs as possible will be made available for adoption.


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