Update: Final count of dogs rescued is 108
Mon, 14 Jun 2010 22:35:08 GMT —
Update: Tuesday, June 15 at 7:04 p.m.
The Missouri Humane Society puts the final count for dogs rescued from a puppy mill in rural Miller County at 108.
Police have not released any information about who was running the breeding facility in Tuscumbia.
No one has been arrested nor charged.
Rescuers said the dogs were covered in feces and lived in dirty, overcrowded pens that lacked ventilation.
The Humane Society said the breeder is licensed by the USDA and had been warned to improve conditions in the past eight months.
More than 100 small-breed dogs have been removed from a central-Missouri breeding facility, where rescuers said the animals were living in filthy conditions.
The Humane Society of Missouri, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Miller County Sheriff's Department removed the dogs on Monday. The dogs were taken to the Humane Society headquarters in St. Louis for care.
Rescuers said the dogs lacked adequate veterinary care, were covered in feces and lived in dirty, overcrowded pens that lacked ventilation.
The breeds included poodles, beagles, and other smaller breeds.
No arrests were made. The Humane Society said the breeder is licensed by the state and the USDA, but has been warned over the past eight months to improve conditions.