22 dogs rescued from unlicensed breeder in Missouri

Puppies as young as five days old were among the neglected and abused animals rescued from Coonies Coonhound, an unlicensed breeder in Gasconade County, Mo. Photo coutesy HSMO

Twenty-two dogs living in “horrific conditions,” including puppies ranging from five days to six months old, were rescued from Coonies Coonhounds, an unlicensed breeder in Gasconade County, Mo.

The emergency rescue was done by the Humane Society of Missouri’s (HSMO) Animal Cruelty Task Force (ACT) last May 23 under a warrant, following reports from the Gasconade County Sheriff, including that of a dead puppy in the property. According to the statement issued by the HSMO, most of the rescued dogs are large-breed coonhound mixes.

Photo courtesy HSMO

“These dogs lived in horrific conditions, and had we not intervened, many more may not have survived,” says HSMO president Kathy Warnick. “We are grateful for the alert actions of the Gasconade County Sheriff and their assistance in helping us rescue these animals from such a dangerous and heart-breaking situation. Now that they are safe, community support is critical to ensure these dogs receive the care and treatment they deserve and a new chance for a better life with a loving family.”

A disposition hearing on June 10, 2024, will determine if HSMO assumes legal custody of the dogs. If granted, HSMO will offer the dogs for adoption once they are cleared by veterinarians and evaluated by the behavior team. Photo courtesy HSMO.

The rescued dogs were taken to HSMO’s Macklind headquarters in St. Louis, Mo. for health evaluations and emergency veterinary care.

The HSMO ACT reports all the dogs rescued on May 23 are malnourished and are suffering from various conditions, including wounds and respiratory issues. Photo courtesy HSMO

For more information, visit the HSMO website.