Hundreds of Animals Rescued in Polk County

More than 70 dogs and 35 cats were found on an 80-acre property in Missouri.

Posted: August 19, 2008, 5 a.m. EDT

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A recent rescue of nearly 400 animals from an 80-acre property in Polk County, Mo., is considered to be the largest rescue in the history of the Humane Society of Missouri.

The animals were assessed by humane investigators and representatives of the Polk County Sheriff’s Department at the scene. A 26-person team from the humane society included veterinarians who provided treatment for the more than 70 dogs and 35 cats found throughout the property.

Many animals had poor skin and coat conditions and were underweight, investigators said. In addition to the dogs and cats, rescuers found severely matted rabbits and guinea pigs, 40 birds, 10 goats, 10 mice, six donkeys, six horses, one pig, and an unknown number of koi fish and goldfish.

Details about the property owners were not released, but a female was arrested and is in custody, according to the prosecuting attorney’s office in Bolivar, Mo. Animal charges are expected but had not been made as of Monday. However, child endangerment charges were filed because children were involved in the case.

Horses and farm animals will be taken to the Humane Society of Missouri’s Longmeadow Rescue Ranch in Union, Mo. Most of the other animals went to the Humane Society’s headquarters in St. Louis, Mo. A Missouri fish hatchery is assisting Polk County law enforcement with the transport, housing and care for the exotic fish.

Tim Rickey, director of Rescues and Investigations for the local humane society said that people who purchase animals from owners of such operations “are being deceived” because the animals are not well cared for. “We will work closely with law enforcement to do everything in our power to ensure the owners will not be able to harm animals in this way again,” Rickey said.

A custody hearing for the animals is scheduled at 9 a.m., Sept. 2 at the Polk County Courthouse in Bolivar.

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Sharon   St. Louis`, MO

11/10/2008 6:56:49 PM

I am fortunate becuase I recently adopted 2 dogs (pom and chi pom mix). They have been excellent. Usually small dogs and children don't mix but I can say this is totally the exception. These two babies are fantastic. They have been here a week and have instantly become a part of our family. I can't imagine their lives before, but now they are being loved and well taken care of.

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Chris   Somewhere in, WI

8/19/2008 7:41:05 PM

That was alot of animals! If you are going to have that many you should care for them!!

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Jenny   Gettysburg, PA

8/19/2008 2:11:22 PM

Unbelievable! What was this woman thinking? It is not cheap to PROPERLY keep that many animals. Feed, vet care, housing, ETC. and children on top of it! This sounds like a situation that got out of hand and she didn't know how to handle it. MY first choice would have been to start finding homes for all the critters. Who knows what goes through some peoples minds!

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Mary   Battle Creek, MI

8/19/2008 12:14:20 PM

Wow!!

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