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Wednesday, Nov 30, 2011County: Taney
Alleged: Name Undisclosed
Working in cooperation with the Missouri Department of Agriculture (MDA), today the Humane Society of Missouri Animal Cruelty Task Force rescued 40 dogs and 52 other animals including doves, Conyer parrots, cockatiels, love birds, a Ringneck parrot, hamsters, cats, chinchillas, ferrets, rats, and rabbits from a property in Branson, Mo. in Taney County.
The animals were living in very unsanitary conditions with the overwhelming smell of urine obvious to rescuers as they entered the house. Animals not free roaming were housed in substandard cages, crates and kennels throughout the house and outside of the owner's personal residence. Several of the dogs and birds appeared to be very thin and one dog has a long-standing, untreated injury to its paw. According to the owner, she was operating a personal animal rescue service.
The owner agreed to voluntarily surrender the animals to the Missouri Department of Agriculture, which immediately transferred permanent custody to the Humane Society of Missouri for veterinary treatment and sheltering.
As they become healthy over the next several weeks, as many of them as possible will be made available for adoption. Interested adopters are asked to visit often the Humane Society of Missouri website www.hsmo.org to see all adoptable animals.
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