Working in cooperation with the Stone County Sheriff’s Department and the Missouri Department of Agriculture (MDA), the Humane Society of Missouri Animal Cruelty Task Force today is rescuing 55 dogs living in deplorable conditions on a property near Hurley, Missouri.

The animals include more than 40 Dachshunds, four Great Pyrenees, one German Shepherd, several Boson terriers and five mixed breed dogs. Two four-week-old puppies not housed with their mother were severely dehydrated and immediately taken to a local veterinarian for treatment.

In addition, 12 dead adult dogs and newborn puppies, including a partially eaten puppy, were found discarded in a rubber container behind the home of 65 year dold Judy Chambers. More than 20 of the dogs were running loose in the home; five others were in stacked wire crates in the kitchen.

~Judy Lee Chambers~

The remaining dogs were outside caged in dilapidated, dirt bottom pens and covered in mud; other dogs were tethered on the property. An independent veterinarian on the scene noted that many of the dogs had very poor body conditions. Most of the dogs did not have access to food or water.

The interior of the home was piled with trash and debris and covered with urine and feces. Following the owner’s application for a breeder license, the Missouri Department of Agriculture worked with the owner for several months toward meeting licensing requirements.

When the owner failed to come in compliance and conditions for the dogs did not improve, the Stone County Sheriff’s Department and MDA contacted the Humane Society of Missouri to work with them to remove the dogs. The rescued dogs will be taken to the Humane Society of Missouri’s Headquarters shelter in St. Louis City for triage and care. The animals will remain in the custody of the Humane Society of Missouri until the disposition hearing scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 31 in Galena, Mo. If custody of the animals is awarded to the Humane Society of Missouri, as many of them as possible will be made available for adoption.

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