Humane Society Removes Animals from Flooded Bootheel

CARUTHERSVILLE, MO - Once again, the Humane Society of Missouri is rescuing dogs and cats from the flood-prone Caruthersville area of southeast Missouri.

The Mississippi River is expected to crest about 8 feet above flood stage at Caruthersville on Friday.  For the second time in three days, dogs and cats had to be removed from the Caruthersville animal shelter.  All told, 48 dogs, 16 of them puppies, and 18 cats were removed.

Humane Society officials say that in many cases, owners gave up the pets because of the flood threat.  The animals will be housed in St. Louis and put up for adoption.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)