More than 150 animals removed from a property in the Barnett area are underweight and suffering various maladies. The state veterinarian and a local veterinarian, Dr. M.B. Jones, visited the site for an initial review of the animals who are now in the care of the Humane Society of Missouri.
More than 150 animals removed from a property in the Barnett area May 6 are underweight and suffering various maladies. In what appears to be a case of animal hoarding and neglect, 153 animals - 60 cats, 60 dogs, 30 horses and three goats - were found at the Hillpoint Rd. property in poor condition during a visit to the property on a senior assist call by the Morgan County Sheriff's Office, according to responding officer Deputy Jennifer Chinn. She helped coordinate the animal rescue after seeing the conditions the animals were in.
Many of the animals were aggressive because they have been starving, she said.
The state veterinarian and a local veterinarian, Dr. M.B. Jones, visited the site for an initial review of the animals who are now in the care of the Humane Society of Missouri. They are at facilities in St. Louis and Union for treatment and recovery after the owner of the property and a tenant voluntarily surrendered the animals.
According to a press release from the Humane Society, many of the cats were living in a "filthy, trash-strewn trailer" and are suffering from upper respiratory disease, eye infections and other issues. Various mixed breeds of dogs including terriers, Akitas, Labrador Retrievers and Beagles are thin and suffering from parasites. Two two-week-old puppies and two eight-week-old puppies are amongst the 60 dogs that were removed.
The 30 horses included new foals, pregnant mares, ponies and other adult horses. They were found underweight and suffering from parasites, according to the Humane Society, and one dead foal was found in a barrel on the property.
Due to the poor conditions of the animals, it may be several weeks before many of them will be available for adoption, according to the Humane Society.
Charges are expected to be filed against the property owner, but the extent of charges - misdemeanor or felony - and the number of counts is not yet certain.
Recommendations from the veterinarians will be included for the prosecutor's review in his decision about what charges to file, Chinn said.
The Humane Society advises law enforcement and prosecuting attorneys in cases of abuse and neglect.
In addition to the property owner, other people could also possibly face charges in the case if they knew about the conditions and did not report the situation, according to Chinn.
Other horses that were being boarded at the property were found in good condition, she said.