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Dunklin County, Missouri -- Brandi Hodges Reports

137 Dogs Rescued by Humane Society of Missouri

March 14, 2006 -- Posted at 3:03 p.m. CST

 

DUNKLIN COUNTY, MO -- Tuesday, 18 rescue workers helped to retrieve 137 dogs from a home in Dunklin County, Missouri.

 

This isn’t the first time this has happened at the residence.

 

In 2001, The Humane Society of Missouri stepped in and rescued 170 dogs from the home.

 

Now, the situation on the property is very similar. 

 

“We received an anonymous complaint about a lady that had several dogs in bad condition.  The dogs were living in unsanitary conditions,” said Kyle Held, the Chief Investigator with the Humane Society of Missouri.

 

With the help of a deputy from the Dunklin County Sheriff's Department, The Humane Society of Missouri obtained a warrant to remove the dogs from the residence.

 

The dogs are suffering from various infections and diseases, and none have received care from a veterinarian for some time.

 

“The dogs have mange, secondary infections caused by mange.  There are some animals that have some limbs, some open wounds, eye infections, and ear infections,” said Held.

 

But that isn't what is most disturbing about this situation.

 

“In October of 2001, we did remove some animals from the property.  That was a voluntary transfer from the owner,” said Held.

  

“Here we are, four years later, with a different group of animals, facing the same horrendous situation,” said Debbie Hill, Vice President of Operations for The Humane Society of Missouri.

 

Rescuers hope that the dogs can be rehabilitated.

 

As they are captured by rescuers, each animal is being tagged and checked out by a veterinarian.

 

There are many reasons why this happens.

 

Kyle Held says that some people just have a hoarding problem.  The resident of the home raided on Tuesday has a problem with hoarding dogs. 

 

Officials with the Dunklin County Sheriffs Department said that the resident is known as “the dog lady”.  People drop unwanted dogs and puppies off at her house and she takes them in.

Often, just like in this case, the owners believe that they are actually helping the animals by taking them in. 

 

However, the ''help'' the animals are getting is doing more harm than good.

 

“The lady thinks she’s doing what is best for the animals.  She genuinely loves the animals, but just can’t take care of this number of animals,” said Held.

 

Now The Humane Society of Missouri will focus on taking care of the animals so they can, one day, be adopted by a loving family.

 

The animals are being transported to St. Louis, Missouri, where they will be rehabilitated.

 

 

Tuesday, 18 rescue workers helped to retrieve 137 dogs from a home in Dunklin County, Missouri.

 

This isn’t the first time this has happened at the residence.

 

In 2001, The Humane Society of Missouri stepped in and rescued 170 dogs from the home.

 

Now, the situation on the property is very similar. 

 

“We received an anonymous complaint about a lady that had several dogs in bad condition.  The dogs were living in unsanitary conditions,” said Kyle Held, the Chief Investigator with the Humane Society of Missouri.

 

With the help of a deputy from the Dunklin County Sheriff's Department, The Humane Society of Missouri obtained a warrant to remove the dogs from the residence.

 

The dogs are suffering from various infections and diseases, and none have received care from a veterinarian for some time.

 

“The dogs have mange, secondary infections caused by mange.  There are some animals that have some limbs, some open wounds, eye infections, and ear infections,” said Held.

 

But that isn't what is most disturbing about this situation.

 

“In October of 2001, we did remove some animals from the property.  That was a voluntary transfer from the owner,” said Held.

  

“Here we are, four years later, with a different group of animals, facing the same horrendous situation,” said Debbie Hill, Vice President of Operations for The Humane Society of Missouri.

 

Rescuers hope that the dogs can be rehabilitated.

 

As they are captured by rescuers, each animal is being tagged and checked out by a veterinarian.

 

There are many reasons why this happens.

 

Kyle Held says that some people just have a hoarding problem.  The resident of the home raided on Tuesday has a problem with hoarding dogs. 

 

Officials with the Dunklin County Sheriffs Department said that the resident is known as “the dog lady”.  People drop unwanted dogs and puppies off at her house and she takes them in.

Often, just like in this case, the owners believe that they are actually helping the animals by taking them in. 

 

However, the ''help'' the animals are getting is doing more harm than good.

 

“The lady thinks she’s doing what is best for the animals.  She genuinely loves the animals, but just can’t take care of this number of animals,” said Held.

 

Now The Humane Society of Missouri will focus on taking care of the animals so they can, one day, be adopted by a loving family.

 

The animals are being transported to St. Louis, Missouri, where they will be rehabilitated.

 

 

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