Howell County Hoarder – 55 Dogs Rescued

The Humane Society of Missouri Animal Cruelty Task Force (ACT) is rescuing 55 dogs from filthy, crowded living conditions in two homes on a property in Howell County in south central Missouri. The majority of the dogs are Chihuahua- and Terrier-mixes, ranging in age from one-month-old puppies to mature, adult dogs. Many of the dogs have extremely overgrown toenails and eye and skin infections. Both homes were trash-strewn and dirty with floors and furniture soaked with urine.

A concerned citizen notified the Howell County Sheriff’s Office about the situation; the Sheriff then contacted HSMO’s ACT to assist the animals. The dogs’ owners have agreed to surrender custody to the Humane Society of Missouri.

Puppies rescued by HSMO's Animal Cruelty Task Force from Howell County Hoarder

“Keeping this many dogs in these horrible conditions is unconscionable,” said Kathy Warnick, president of the Humane Society of Missouri.  “Our first priority is for their safety, health and well-being. Our expert veterinary and shelter staff will do everything we can to rehabilitate them and find them the loving homes they deserve.”

The dogs are currently being transported to Humane Society of Missouri headquarters in St. Louis, Mo. where they will be examined by the Humane Society of Missouri’s shelter veterinary team, cared for by shelter staff and made available for adoption as soon as possible.