RESCUED: 26 Dogs from Heartbreaking Hoarding Situation in Newton County


Humane Society of Missouri’s Animal Cruelty Task Force Works with Newton County Sheriff’s Office to Rescue 26 Small-Breed Dogs from Hoarding Situation near Seneca

Deplorable conditions, dogs and puppies in need of immediate care.

Late Monday, August 7, the Humane Society of Missouri Animal Cruelty Task Force (ACT) rescued 26 dogs – 20 adults and 6 puppies, from filthy, unsafe living conditions in a boarded-up home in Seneca, Mo. in Newton County in southwest Missouri. The dogs are small to medium breeds, ranging in age from one-month-old puppies to mature, adult dogs.

The Seneca Police Department had been working with the owner to reduce the number of dogs in the residence. Concern for remaining animals led them to request assistance from the Humane Society of Missouri to investigate and possibly remove the remaining dogs.  Investigators found the animals living in trash-filled, urine soaked rooms covered with up to 6-inch deep feces. Many of the dogs have overgrown toenails and are infested with fleas and suffering from skin infections. The owner agreed to voluntarily surrender the dogs to the Humane Society of Missouri.

“It is a travesty to keep animals in these horrific conditions,” 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.”

Late Monday, the dogs arrived at Humane Society of Missouri headquarters in St. Louis, Mo. Tuesday morning, each dog 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.

Video: Inside the house of horrors

To aid in their socialization and recovery, the Humane Society of Missouri is also requesting donations of chew toys for smaller dogs and gently-used, clean, stuffed cuddle toys.

Donations of long-cut shredded paper, newspapers, towels, blankets and sheets also are appreciated.

Donations may be dropped off at the Humane Society of Missouri’s Macklind Ave. Adoption Center, 1201 Macklind Ave., St. Louis, Mo. 63110.