CARUTHERSVILLE, MO (KAIT) – Six animals in Steele were taken from their home after police served a warrant for possible animal abuse or neglect.
According to the Caruthersville Humane Society, four dogs and 2 cats were taken from their home in Steele and are now in the care of the Humane Society. Two of the animals are in critical condition, with the other four described in serious condition.
Erma Page from the Caruthersville Humane Society said one dog was chained in the heat where it could only sit or stand because it didn't have enough slack to lay down. Another dog was in a kennel too small for it out in the heat.
Page also said a cat is now blind after a serious eye infection and another car was malnourished and weak. Page went on to say, "All of the animals had the worst flea infestation that we have ever seen. They were very dehydrated, malnourished and ill. We were surprised that two of them made it through the night."
The animals are being cared for at the Humane Society until a disposition hearing is set for later this week.
The Steele Police Department and Animal Control Officer Anthony Campbell served the warrant.