UPDATE: August 31, 2018
The rescued Mastiffs are healing, and we’re starting the adoption process! If you’re interested in giving a forever home to one of these gentle giants, please complete a preliminary application now. The application period has ended.
**BE SURE to review each dog’s medical history – because of the extreme neglect they’ve suffered, many of them will need continued veterinary care in their forever home.**
UPDATE (August 6, 2018): Humane Society of Missouri awarded permanent custody of 6 Mastiffs rescued from starvation in Lawrence County
Today, the Humane Society of Missouri Animal Cruelty Task Force was awarded permanent custody of six adult Mastiff dogs rescued July 12, 2018 from a property in Aurora, Mo. in Lawrence County in southwest Missouri.
“We are very pleased to have worked with the Aurora Police Department and the Lawrence County Prosecutor to alleviate the suffering of these dogs,” said Kathy Warnick, president of the Humane Society of Missouri. “And, we thank the judge for making a decision that will ensure a good future for each of them.”
The dogs are continuing their recovery which may take several additional weeks. They will be made available for adoption as soon as each one is healthy. An application process will be announced in the near future. Donations to provide for the animals’ care may be made at www.hsmo.org or by calling 314-951-1542.
Humane Society of Missouri and Aurora Animal Control rescue 6 starving Mastiffs in Lawrence County
Animals found with no food or water in filthy conditions
Today, the Humane Society of Missouri Animal Cruelty Task Force, in cooperation with Aurora Animal Control, is rescuing six adult Mastiff dogs from a property in Aurora, Mo. in Lawrence County in southwest Missouri. Aurora Animal Control officials determined the animals were in immediate jeopardy and asked HSMO to assist in the rescue and care of the dogs.
According to Aurora Animal Control and Police Department officials, the owner of the dogs relocated out of state and left her property and care of the animals to her adult son. When she had not heard from her son for several days, she alterted authorities. HSMO is pursuing information indicating the owner has been or is currently a breeder of show dogs.
Aurora officials found four (4) dogs living in an overgrown back yard with no access to food or water. Two additional dogs, found inside the feces- and urine-strewn home with no food or water, are severely underweight. The other dogs also are underweight and some are suffering from skin infections.
The dogs will be transported to the Humane Society of Missouri’s Best Buddy Pet Center in Maryland Heights for treatment and care.
The animals were removed from the property under a warrant obtained by the Aurora Police Department. The investigation is ongoing to determine if criminal charges are warranted. A disposition to determine permanent custody of the dogs will be held at 9 a.m., Monday, August 6, 2018 at the Lawrence County Courthouse in Mount Vernon, Mo.
“We are proud we can be a resource to cities like Aurora when multiple animals need extraordinary care,” said Kathy Warnick, president of the Humane Society of Missouri. “Our Animal Cruelty Task Force and shelter veterinary and animal care staff will do the utmost to help these dogs make a full recovery.”