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116 Dogs Rescued From Two Missouri Puppy Mills
116 Dogs Rescued From Missouri Puppy Mills
Quick thinking and the collaborative effort of national and local animal welfare groups are responsible for the rescue of 116 dogs from two puppy mill in central Missouri on Tuesday, September 21, 2010.
Thankfully, one was a case where the owner realized she was in over her head and called Half-Way Home Pet Rescue and voluntarily surrendered the dogs, which included malteses, dashunds, shih tzus, lhasa apsos and larger breeds including boxers and huskys. The owner, who was not named, stated she could no longer afford the food needed to care for the dogs. Seventy-one dogs were surrendered from her business in Camden County located in central Missouri.
Half-Way Home Pet Rescue contacted the ASPCA, who then contacted PetSmart Charities. PetSmart supplied the rescue effort with the carriers needed to rescue the dogs.
The animals were taken to the Humane Society of Southwest Missouri in Springfield and HSMO in St. Louis, Missouri where they will remain until they are determined healthy and ready to begin a new life in a "furever" home.
The Humane Society of Missouri was working with the Greene County Sheriff's Department in the second puppy mill case. Forty-five dogs were rescued near Republic, Missouri for living in unsanitary conditions. The animals rescued here included schnauzers, boxers, miniature pinschers and Boston terriers. The home where the animals were seized belongs to Gary Dotson at 14026 West State Highway TT.
Captain Randy Wilson of the Greene County Sheriff's Department said charges could take several weeks if at all. Dotson was charged with animal cruelty in Newton County, Missouri earlier in the year for abandoning a breeding facility and leaving the dogs and puppies with no food or water. As a result of this neglect several of the animals died. The owner of this puppy mill had 12 pages of violations from April 2010 made by the USDA. The charges from this report included unsanitary conditions,feces in the floor and waste throughout the facility.
The dogs rescued in Greene County were taken to the HSMO (Humane Society of Missouri) where they will remain until a hearing on September 29. Taken from this raid were boxers,schnauzers, miniature pinschers and Boston terriers.
Missouri is the puppy mill capital of the United States and it is estimated that 40% of pet store dogs come from the state. There are more than 3000 puppy mills operating in the state.
Until recently, dogs seized from puppy mills were deemed unadoptable and were euthanized. Today it is the norm for dogs and cats to be placed into foster care until a permanent home can be found for them.
Citizens of Missouri will vote on the Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act in November. This act, which will be listed on the ballot as Prop B, will restrict the number of breeding females to 50. It will almost improve the quality of life for the dogs by requiring breeders to provide adequate food, water, shelter and veterinary care to the dogs.
Elisa Black-Taylor is a regular contributor to www.pictures-of-cats.org