Humane Society takes custody of 21 rescued dogs

Humane Soceity Of Missouri Awarded Custody Of 21 Rescued Dogs
KOAM Image, Photos from Humane Society of Missouri

MCDONALD COUNTY, Mo. – The Humane Society of Missouri takes custody of 21 dogs rescued from a McDonald County breeder.

Workers rescued the dogs from a licensed breeder in McDonald County on July 28, 2021. The Missouri Attorney General has temporarily shut down the breeder, Andre Damrill of Magic Puppies, for violations of the Animal Care Facilities Act.

Related: Animal Cruelty Task Force rescues 21 dogs in McDonald CountyMissouri AG shuts down McDonald County dog breeder

Now that HSMO has full custody, they can move forward with necessary and life-saving surgical procedures. They can also spay and neuter the dogs. Once rehabilitated, the Humane Society can make them available for adoption.

To help provide support, the public can click here to support the treatment, care, and rehabilitation of these animals.

“This is the outcome that we were hoping for,” said Kathy Warnick, president of the Humane Society of Missouri. “These poor dogs have been through so much and lived in such horrible conditions that we’re thankful we can provide them with compassionate and state-of-the-art veterinary care and give them a second chance at a brighter future.”

The Rescue

The Humane Society of Missouri’s Animal Cruelty Taskforce helped rescue the dogs in July. They found the dogs in “disturbing and inhumane facility conditions.” Workers also found evidence of several deceased dogs. According to HSMO, one dog died just hours before the team’s arrival.

The surviving dogs were starving at various levels. Fleas and ticks also infested them. Some dogs had serious wounds.

The Courts gave the Missouri Department of Agriculture an order to inspect the property. With a warrant, the McDonald County Sheriff’s Office helped remove the animals with the help of HSMO’s Animal Cruelty Taskforce.

The Humane Society took the dogs to their St. Louis City headquarters. They assessed the dogs’ physical conditions.

Animal Care Facilities Act

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced that his office had successfully filed suit. It temporarily shut down the facility for multiple, repeated violations of the Animal Care Facilities Act. The goal of the suit would be for the breeder in question to be prohibited from breeding animals, selling animals, or operating as a commercial breeder permanently.

Report Animal Abuse

To report an animal who may be in danger or is suffering from neglect or abuse, you can call the local police and the Humane Society of Missouri’s Animal Cruelty Hotline at (314) 647-4400.

The Humane Society of Missouri sent the video below of the rescued dogs.