28 abandoned animals removed from "horrific conditions"
May 31, 2011 at 1:29 PM CDT - Updated June 24 at 5:33 AM
DUNKLIN COUNTY, MO (KFVS) - This week, more than two dozen animals are confiscated from a home after they're found in what officials call "horrific conditions".
According to a Caruthersville Humane Society press release, 13 dogs and 15 cats were taken from a Senath area home. They had apparently been abandoned.
Officials say the animals were in various stages of malnutrition. Several of the animals suffered from mange and many are said to have had infections and eye diseases.
According to the press release, one cat was injured and had one eye hanging out of its socket. All of the animals were living in rooms covered in feces, bugs and trash.
The animals were taken to the Caruthersville Humane Society where they received veterinary care. All are currently recuperating and caregivers are hoping for a full recovery.
"These animals are going to need special adoptive parents because they are going to have special needs," explained Karol Wilcox, CHS president. "They are all social, but the abuse has taken away some of their will to live and they will need medication and tender loving care to recover and lead normal lives. They deserve better than what they had and we hope to find homes for them."
The Caruthersville Humane Society is accepting donations to help pay for the veterinary care of the animals. Donations can be earmarked, "Dunklin County Rescue", and sent to:
P.O. Box 345
Caruthersville, MO 63830
Anyone with questions may also call the shelter at (573) 333-0100 after 11 a.m. on weekdays.
"We are coming off of a major flood effort that housed 604 animals and our budget is stretched," said Wilcox. "But, there was no way after receiving the call about these animals that we could have left them one minute longer in the condition they were living in and the medical condition they were in."